Iraq Premier Urges Merger of Major Ministries of Arab States

The Arab League Council, which opened its meeting in Cairo yesterday, received a proposal from the Premier of Iraq, suggesting that the eight member states unify their Ministries of Foreign Affairs, War, Education, Finance and Economics, the New York Times reported today from Cairo.

The report also quoted the Iraq Foreign Minister as stating that Iraq would consider contributing a large share of her oil revenues for strengthening the Arab armies if a decision were made to tighten the finks among the eight Arab states. There was no immediate reaction from the representatives of the other Arab states to the Iraqi proposal, the report said.

Dr. Fawzi el Mulki, Premier of Jordan, asked permission to refer to the Arab League political committee a request received from the United Nations Secretary General inviting Jordan to reconsider her attitude toward the Israel request for direct talks on border questions and other differences.

A session of the Supreme Arab Defense Council, composed of the Foreign and Defense Ministers of the Arab League states, is being held concurrently in Cairo. It was reported that “the principal item on the agenda would be consideration of measures for translating the Arab collective security pact into an effective instrument through coordination of defense policies.”

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