The round of talks about Syria's decision to withdraw its peace-keeping troops from Beirut continued on Monday (3 February).
GV Government building, Damascus
SV PAN & LV Lebanese Foreign Minister, Fouad Boutros, PAN TO Syrian President Hafez Al Assad PAN TO Syrian Deputy Premier, Abdel Halim Khaddam on extreme right PAN BACK THROUGH President Al Assad to Mr Boutros ZOOM OUT TO Mr Boutros talking to President Al Assad
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Background: The round of talks about Syria's decision to withdraw its peace-keeping troops from Beirut continued on Monday (3 February). The whole question of present tensions in Middle East countries was raised at a meeting in Damascus between Syrian President Hafez Al Assad and the Lebanese Foreign Minister and Vice Premier, Mr Fouad Boutros.
SYNOPSIS: The talks in Damascus concerned the pulling out of about eight thousand Syrian troops from Beirut and its suburbs.
Mr Boutros and President Assad discussed the proposed withdrawal with the Syrian Deputy Premier Abdel Halim Khaddam, who is pictured on the far right. Last month (February) Lebanon's Premier Selim Al-Hoss persuaded Syria to postpone withdrawing its soldiers from Beirut. The decision to pull out has brought fears of renewed battles between the left and right-wing factions which fought in the 1975-76 civil war. Some political groups have expressed doubts about the Lebanese army's capability to fill the ensuing gap in the country's security. The Syrian Foreign Minister has said that one factor behind the planned withdrawal of Syrian forces is a fear of a surprise attack on his country by Israel.