Three-way Arab meeting in Libya

Aug. 15, 2005 at 12:15 PM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A meeting among the heads of state of Egypt, Libya and Algeria failed Monday to come up with a date for an emergency Arab summit.

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Algeria's Abdel Aziz Boutefliqa and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi met in the Libyan city of Sirte to discuss Arab issues.

After the meeting Mubarak said, "We will agree on a new date for the summit after September," stressing that "we are seeking to convene two Arab parleys per year instead of one" in view of important Arab developments.

Egyptian presidential spokesman Suleiman Awwad said earlier the talks will mainly focus on the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza Strip and Arab support to the Palestinian Authority in consolidating control over the area.

The three Arab leaders will discuss as well developments in Sudan and a possible new date for the extraordinary Arab summit for which Mubarak called last month in order to hammer out a common Arab stance on "pressing and hot Arab issues," Awwad added.

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