Arab Information Ministers to Discuss Mideast Crisis in Cairo Wednesday
The Arab League has decided to hold an extraordinary meeting of information ministers in Cairo on Wednesday. The meeting wil focus on the latest developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
A press statement released by the Arab League on Sunday said that the extraordinary meeting was proposed by Ghazi Al Aridi, the Lebanese minister of information and current chairman of the council of Arab information ministers, in a message sent to Secretary General Amr Moussa.
The statement added that Moussa had made contacts with a number of Arab information ministers in this respect.
AFP reported that the ministers and the league’s media spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi will meet to adopt a public relations strategy for the 10-month-old Palestinian uprising, or Intifada.
In the statement cited by AFP, the Arab League alluded to Israel's occupation of Palestinian offices in east Jerusalem following a suicide bombing that killed 15 civilians and the bomber in Jerusalem on Thursday.
Arab information ministers met in June in Beirut to discuss the media war over the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation and ways to counter alleged Israeli misinformation.
Moussa put Ashrawi, 54, in charge of media relations in July, saying her job would include "refuting and explaining to Arab and world opinion, particularly American and European, the challenges and distortions which the Palestinian cause is confronting." — Albawaba.com
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