INTRODUCTION Leaders of 60 African and Arab states ended their first joint summit in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday (9 March) by adopting economic and political policy declarations that could result in the emergence of a formidable power in international politics.
GV EXTERIOR Arab Socialist Union building, Cairo
MV President Elias Sarkis of Lebanon arrives an enters building
MV President Felix Malloum of Chad enters building
MV Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi enters building
MV INTERIOR Afro-Arab summit plaque
MV President Sadat seated at head table
MV President Houphouet Boumedienne of Algeria signing document
MV President Mektar Ould Daddah of Mauritania signs document
MV President Agostinho Neto of Angola signs document
MV Ghanaian representative signs
MV King Hussein of Jordan & African delegates watching
MV Yasser Arafat of Palestine Liberation Organisation watches
MV Pres. Sadat signing document
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Background: INTRODUCTION Leaders of 60 African and Arab states ended their first joint summit in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday (9 March) by adopting economic and political policy declarations that could result in the emergence of a formidable power in international politics. During the three-day Afro-Arab summit, oil-rich Arab countries pledged to provide almost 1.5 billion dollar (about 900 million pounds Sterling) to held economic development in Africa
SYNOPSIS: Among the Arab and African leaders arriving at the final session of the conference on Wednesday were President Elias Sarkis of Lebanon and President Felix Malloum of Chad. Altogether, 23 heads of state and rulers were among those at the meeting. One of the documents adopted provides for an Afro-Arab summit to be convened every three years with a foreign ministers' meeting every 18 months.
The leaders also signed a declaration on cooperation pledging joint action in finance, mining, trade, industry, transport and communications. Other documents covered the mechanics of cooperation, including preferential trade agreements and an increase in the capital of both the Arab Bank for Economic Development in African Development Bank.
The political declaration gave full support to black majority rule in Rhodesia, independence for Namibia (South-west Africa) and the French territory of the Afars and Issas, and an end to apartheid in South Africa. It also gave full support to the Palestinian cause.