The leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, has held a meeting with Iranian officials in Beirut to discuss assistance to Palestinian forces in Lebanon.
SV: Iranian delegation seated at meeting PAN TO Arafat.
SV: Both delegations at table talking across table
SCU: Iranian spokesman Ahmed Al Sadeq speaking in Arabic.
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Background: The leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, has held a meeting with Iranian officials in Beirut to discuss assistance to Palestinian forces in Lebanon. The commando leader said on Monday (10 December) he will personally lead an advance party of a thousand Iranians, to fight alongside fellow Palestinians.
SYNOPSIS: The Iranian delegation travelled to Beirut to meet Arafat and his aides, after he had pledged the loyalty of his forces to Iran.
The delegates discussed how Iranian troops could help the palestinian forces fighting in Lebanon, a move which had been promised by one of Iran's religious leaders, Ayatollah Mohamed Montazeri Yasser Arafat plans to lead the Iranian volunteer force himself. In return, he said, Arab soil will never be used as a base for an attack on Iran by the United States.
The Iranian spokesman, Ahmed Al Sadeq, later gave details of how the two countries could aid each other. The Lebanese Government, aware of Iran's intentions, has banned Iranian planes from landing. And it has urged Iran to stop the troops coming as their presence would lead to "increased tension". A United Nations official has said that it would be in nobody's interest for the Iranians volunteers to enter South Lebanon. Three hundred and fifty volunteers are camping at Teheran airport waiting to begin the operation. A thousand Iranians have said they're willing to support the PLO.