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Lebanon Cools Toward Anti-israel Boycott; Opposes Arab League Plan

The first significant internal breach in the Arab anti-Israel boycott wall was reported here today from Beirut where, Lebanon informed the Arab League Secretariat it opposed a planned conference in Lebanon of heads of the boycott offices of the various Arab countries.

An official communique cited “internal Lebanese and inter-Arab problems” as the reason for Lebanon’s stand. It was reported here that economic sources in Lebanon have, for some time, contended that the boycott was hurting Lebanon and the other Arab countries more than it was damaging Israel.

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