Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Prince Saud Faisal, has said that the aim of the Arab summit conference opening in Baghdad Thursday is not to isolate Egypt, the official Saudi press agency reported yesterday.
The agency quoted Saud as saying in an interview that the aim of the conference is "to restore confidence among all Arab countries for the sake of the Arab cause."
Saud said: "Isolating Egypt and the Egyptian people from the Arab nation is unthinkable . . . Egypt is an integral part of the Arab nation."
In Damascus, the Syrian government newspaper Tishrin said yesterday that the people of Iraq and Syria were determined to block the results of the Camp David accords on a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.
Commenting on last week's agreement between Syria and Iraq to pool their military resources and form an effective strategic replacement for Egypt in any further war in the Middle East, Tishrin said:
"Israel and American threats do not scare Syria or Iraq because the people in the two countries and Arab masses elsewhere are determined to struggle to face the enemy and foil the Camp David results, and the threats will only be met with more determination and unionist action."
Meanwhile in Beirut, U.S. Rep. Stephen Solarz (D-N.Y.) said yesterday that a sniper fired on his bulletproof U.S. Embassy limousine while he was visiting the city on a fact-finding mission.
Syrian machinegun and rifle fire also broke out 50 yards from Solarz as he met with rightist Christian figures. His vehicle was not hit. Solarz, a member of the House of International Relations Committee, earlier visited Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria.
Britain confirmed yesterday that it is closing its Middle East Center for Arab Studies in Lebanon and transfering its activities to London. The center, at Chemlane, just outside Beirut, was founded 30 years ago and has a reputation as a training school for intelligence operatives from several Western countries.