WASHINGTON (Sep. 21)
President Nasser of Egypt today praised what he called the Soviet Union’s fight against colonialism and Zionism, according to a Moscow dispatch received here today.
The Egyptian leader made this remark in a message to Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, thanking Kosygin for good wishes which the Russians cabled last week’s Arab summit conference at Casablanca. Nasser’s statement, as reported by Tass, said “The success of the conference will of course strengthen the unity of the Arab nations and the peoples of Africa and Asia who, together with the Soviet people, are fighting against colonialism and Zionism.”
Another dispatch, from Beirut, reported today that Ahmed Shukairy, head of the Palestine (Arab) Liberation Organization, has tendered his resignation because Arab states are unwilling to go far enough in aiding his group to wage hostilities against Israel.
The Beirut report said that Shukairy, most militant Arab agitator, resigned because of a dispute with the Jordanian Government on the military training of Palestinian Arab refugees. The PLO office made the announcement, claiming that the resignation originally was tendered at last week’s Arab League summit conference at Casablanca, but that Arab rulers had rejected it.
Shukairy is still insistent on resigning from his post and has called for an emergency meeting of the executive committee in Cairo on September 30 to examine the matter.
The “Liberation” group was formed in May 1964, to organize and train Palestine refugees for the “liberation of the homeland.”