South Yemeni President Abdul-fattah Ismail had been on a three-day visit to Syria as part of a tour of Arab Nations.
South Yemeni President Abdul-fattah Ismail had been on a three-day visit to Syria as part of a tour of Arab Nations. He and his delegation arrived in Damascus, the capital, on Saturday (3 February).
SYNOPSIS: Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and several of his ministers were at Damascus airport to welcome the visitors. Mr Ismail is secretary general of his country's Socialist Party. The day after his arrival, he was to hold talks with Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat on the situation in the Middle East, and relations between the PLO and South Yemen. An official source said they reviewed what they termed dangerous developments arising from the Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt.
The source said President Ismail reiterated his country's support for the Palestine cause. His meeting with Yasser Arafat was followed by talks with President Assad and senior Syrian officials, They, too, were to discuss Camp David, and the response to it from the hard-line Arab states, of which Syria is a leading member.