Arab summit to discuss boycotting Israel

Published March 13th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

A summit of Arab leaders in Jordan this month will discuss reactivating the use of boycotts against Israel, Arab foreign ministers decided on Monday, March 12. 


The ministers agreed to include the question of boycotting Israel on the agenda of the March 27 summit in Amman after it was suggested by Syria, delegates said. 


Damascus is the headquarters of the Arab League's Special Bureau for Boycotting Israel, which was founded in 1951 to prevent trade between Arab countries and Israel, as well as countries that trade with Israel. 


The meeting of Arab foreign ministers set the rest of the agenda of the Arab summit, except the issue of Iraq's relations with Kuwait and the question of lifting UN sanctions on Saddam Hussein's country. 


Palestinian international cooperation minister Nabil Shaath said Monday night there were "still differences" on the Iraqi question and that discussion of the matter would continue into the night. 


The Iraqi delegation to the meeting here had asked for an end to sanctions and a rejection of the air exclusion zones to be included on the agenda of the Amman summit. 


The main focus of the summit will be Arab support for the Palestinian people and their uprising against Israeli occupation which was reborn in late September since when 436 people have died in the violence. 


The summit will also evaluate the state of the peace process and discuss an Egyptian proposal to hold an Arab economic conference in Cairo in November this year, delegates said. — (AFP, Cairo) 


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