The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria have formulated a working paper aimed at activating Arab solidarity and strengthening the League of Arab States. The leaders of the three countries will decide how the paper, drafted during a tripartite meeting in Cairo yesterday by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Ahmed Maher of Egypt, and Farouq Al-Shara of Syria, will be presented to the other Arab leaders in order to forge a joint Arab stance prior to the convening of the 2004 Arab Summit scheduled for Tunisia. The meeting arose from directives from the three Arab leaders, who have been in contact over the past few days.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz left Cairo yesterday for Casablanca on a state visit to Morocco, the third leg of a four-nation tour that has already taken him to Syria and Egypt, and will conclude with a visit to the Russian Federation. Crown Prince Abdullah held talks with King Muhammad VI at the airport, to discuss developments in the Palestinian issue and efforts to implement the roadmap as well as the situation in Iraq, before proceeding to his guesthouse.