Middle East: Failure in Fez

The Arab meeting collapses

It began as an unprecedented effort to forge Arab unity around a comprehensive Middle East peace plan. It ended after 5½ hours of bickering as yet another milestone in the 30-year Arab tradition of political disarray. The twelfth summit meeting of the 21-member Arab League, held briefly and acrimoniously last week behind the venerable battlements of the Moroccan city of Fez, undermined the prestige of the royal House of Saud, which had striven mightily to bring the conclave to a successful outcome. Yet even as the angry Saudi leaders stalked to their waiting aircraft, it was...

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