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Arab League Summit Communiqué

Mar. 31, 1979

“As the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt has ignored the Arab summit conferences’ resolutions, especially those of the sixth and seventh conferences held in Algiers and Rabat; as it has at the same time ignored the ninth Arab summit conference resolutions — especially the call made by the Arab kings, presidents and princes to avoid signing the peace treaty with the Zionist enemy — and signed the peace treaty on 26 March 1979;

It has thus deviated from the Arab ranks and has chosen, in collusion with the United States, to stand by the side of the Zionist enemy in one trench; has behaved unilaterally in the Arab-Zionist struggle affairs; has violated the Arab nations’ rights; has exposed the nation’s destiny, its struggle and aims to dangers and challenges; has relinquished its pan-Arab duty of liberating the occupied Arab territories, particularly Jerusalem, and of restoring the Palestinian Arab people’s inalienable national rights, including their right to repatriation, self-determination and establishment of the independent Palestinian state on their national soil.

…The Arab League Council, on the level of Arab foreign ministers, has decided the following:

  1. A. To withdraw the ambassadors on the Arab states from Egypt immediately.B. To recommend the severance of political and diplomatic relations with the Egyptian Government. The Arab governments will adopt the necessary measures to apply this recommendation within a maximum period of one month from the date of issuance of this decision, in accordance with the constitutional measures in force in each country.
  2. To consider the suspension of the Egyptian Government’s membership in the Arab League as operative from the date of the Egyptian Government’s signing of the peace treaty with the Zionist enemy. This means depriving it of all rights resulting from this membership.
  3. To make the city of Tunis, capital of the Tunisian Republic, the temporary headquarters of the Arab League…”

Walter Laqueur    
Barry Rubin    
The Israel – Arab Reader, Sixth Revised and Updated Edition, 2001