The hard-line Arab "Front of Firmness" will send a delegation to Baghdad in an effort to get Iraq back into the alliance opposing Egypt's Middle East peace moves, a Palestinian spokesman said yesterday.
Iraq's absence from the three-day summit, meeting here which ended late Saturday, was a serious blow to the movement, composed of Syria, Libya, Algeria, South Yemen and the Palestine Liberation Organization, Arab diplomats privately acknowledged.
Asked why the conference failed to announce any new steps against Sadat, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz said "All that can be made public has been announced. Some decisions, by their very nature, cannot be made public."
A Palestinian diplomat said that Bouteflika was referring to a secret agreement to allow the PLO to reopen training and supply bases in Syria that were closed during the Lebanese civil war in 1976.
Although Syria is unlikely to permit the bases to be used for operations across the Golan Heights, the diplomat said, Israel is certain to view extra logistic facilities for the PLO with alarm.
Syrian President Hafez Assad said summit meeting had "achieved great results and met the hopes placed in it."
"We agreed on a number of useful measures. We shall continue our contacts and our consulations, and we shall continue to resist any defeatist line that tries to impose its domination on our region," Assad said before leaving Algirers.
In another development, Kuwaiti newspapers reported that Abu Hicham, representative of the Eatach Palestinian group in Saudi Arabia, has been dismissed for activities hostile to the Fatah leadership, which he accused of deviating from the path of the "revolution."
Hicham was reported to have been arrested by the personal guard of Yasser Arafat, leader of the PLO and Fatah, and taken to Syria. Arafat tried to persuade Hicam to resign during a recent visit to Saudi Arabia.