CONFERENCES: Pledging a Tithe That Binds

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the host, grandly declared it a "full success." Well, not exactly. But by the standards of Third World conferences the first summit meeting of Arab and black African leaders was something of a hit —and a notable triumph for Sadat. There was a lot of predictable rhetoric attacking Zionism, apartheid, colonialism and imperialism. There was also an unexpectedly large concession to the Africans from the Arab oil states: a pledge of $1.45 billion in development aid.

Many African leaders had been irritated that their wholehearted support of the Arab cause...

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