The Section dealt with the issues of African countries, the Near and Middle East and from 1982 upon reorganisation of Section 57 also with Asia (Far East). It was created in 1974 from the Section for developing countries. It fulfilled its tasks abroad through residenturas in Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Algiers, Baghdad, New Delhi, Jakarta, Beijing and in Africa in Lagos and Dar es Saalam.
Structure in 1989:
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