Issue 329 - 25 Jan 1988
A flurry of recent Arab diplomatic activity, directed mainly at Tehran and aimed at bringing a halt to the Gulf war, has been the dominant feature in the region. At the beginning of this month, following on from the December summit meeting of the GCC heads of state during which the Syrian Foreign Minister, Faruq al Shara held discussions with the Gulf leaders, a Syrian-brokered peace initiative was under way. It had a not unpromising beginning, with Tehran indicating its willingness to engage in a dialogue with the six GCC states on ways to ease tension in the region.

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