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Arab Foreign Ministers Conference Protests U.S. Arms Sale to Israel

September 14, 1966
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Reports of a new Arab denunciation of U.S. arms sales to Israel were received here today from Cairo where the Arab League foreign ministers conference made public its resolutions.

In one resolution, the Arab foreign ministers said that “Arab states assert anew their unequivocal rejection of the so-called balance of power policy in the Middle East adopted by the United States and other Western powers as a pretext to furnish Israel with arms. ” Another resolution termed Israel’s declaration of Jerusalem as capital as a “deliberate maneuver to obliterate the sacred Islamic and Christian features of this Biblical city.”

The conference approved a project to reconstruct and “further Arabize” Jerusalem to counter Israeli moves. The Arab ministers also denounced what they described as “Western policy aiming at maintaining an arms balance among Arab states themselves” and charged this policy “aims at fomenting some sort of division among Arab countries.”

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