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The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries voted to readmit Egypt, 10 years after Cairo’s membership was suspended for signing a peace treaty with Israel, Kuwait’s oil minister, Sheik Ali al Khalifa al Sabah, said. Cairo’s reinstatement, a step back into the Arab fold, was a “foregone conclusion,” one source said. Ali declined to say whether the vote was unanimous, but sources said Libya cast a negative ballot. Libya and Syria have tried to block Egypt’s return to Arab organizations, although Damascus in recent months has moderated its stand.


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