- Title: SAUDI ARABIA: KING FAISAL OPENS THIRD ISLAMIC CONFERENCE
- Date: 1st March 1972
- Summary: 1. GV Jeddah Palace Hotel 0.06 2. GV INT. Delegates seated 0.10 3. SV Delegates from Jordan & Iran 0.14 4. MV PAN Translators 0.19 5. SV Committee member 0.22 6. CU Symbol of conference 0.26 7. CU Egyptian delegate (sound of Faisal over) 0.34 8. MV Faisal speaking in Arabic, speech sound continues to end 0.37 9. MV Guinea delegate (2 shots) 0.43 10. GV King speaking 0.46 11. LV Lebanese delegate 0.51 12. GV King speaking 0.58 13. SV Arabs in audience & delegates listening (2 shots) 1.02 14. LV King speaking 1.05 Initials SGM/2352 SGM/0010 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 16th March 1972 12:00
- Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Reuters ID: LVA6S2NPG0168PO153LY5OLRQNWL
- Story Text: The third Islamic Conference opened on Tuesday (29 February) at the Palace Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Thirty-one Muslim countries are represented at the conference, 17 of them by Foreign Ministers.
The conference was inaugurated by King Faisal, who told delegates that the issue arising out of Israel's attack on the Lebanon went beyond Lebanese and Palestinians - it was one that concerned all Arabs and Muslims.
The King added that what had happened to Muslims in Pakistan, the Philippines, Asia and Africa should prompt the nations of Islam to unite against their enemies.
Among the issues for discussion at the three-day conference is the establishment of an Islamic bank and an Islamic news agency. It will also deal with the Middle East situation and attempt to resolve differences over Bangladesh, which three of the participating nations have recognised and wish to draw into the Islamic group.
SYNOPSIS: In Saudi Arabia, delegates from 31 Muslim nations met in Jeddah on Tuesday for the third Islamic Conference. More than half the countries taking part are represented by their foreign ministers. Syria and the Arabian Gulf states are attending the conference for the first time; but Iraq refused to take part, and South Yemen was not invited.
The conference opened as Israeli troops completed their withdrawal after four days of action against guerrilla bases in south Lebanon. Inaugurating the three-day meeting, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia said the issue of the Israeli attack went beyond Lebanese and Palestinians - it was one that concerned all Arabs and Muslims.
The King added that what had happened to Muslim in Pakistan, the Philippines, Asia and Africa should prompt the nations of Islam to units against their enemies.
One issue the delegates were due to discuss is whether Bangladesh should be invited to their next conference.
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