Waldheim Meets Arafat in Tunisia

Austrian President Kurt Waldheim made a three-day visit to Tunisia last week, which included a meeting with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat.

Waldheim, accompanied by Foreign Minister Alois Mock and Austrian businessmen, also met with his Tunisian counterpart, President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

According to the Austrian press agency APA, Waldheim used the occasion of that meeting to criticize Israel’s “brutal suppression of the intifada.”

He described Israel as the chief obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Waldheim also met with the secretary-general of the Arab League, Chedli Klibi.

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