The Palestine Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafat, has recently had talks with Syria's President Assad.?
The Palestine Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafat, has recently had talks with Syria's President Assad. Soon after the talks, on Saturday (8 April), Mr. Arafat left for Beirut where he accused Israel of using cluster bombs and napalm during the recent invasion of Southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: The talks in Damascus were held in the Presidential Palace. According to the Palestine News Agency, W.A.F.A., the discussions lasted for about five hours. During that time the talks apparently ranged over a wide area of subjects.
According to W.A.F.A., the talks between President Assad and Mr. Arafat concentrated on the situation in Southern Lebanon and on relations between Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. They also discussed the stance of Aran states opposed to the peace initiative made by Egypt's President Sadat. Also at the talks were the head of the P.L.O.'s Political Department, Mr. Farouk Kaddoumi and Mr. Mohammad Ghneim, a member of the central council of Fatah. When the talks ended, the news agency W.A.F.A.indicated that one of the topics discussed was the occupation by Israeli forces of sections of Southern Lebanon. According to WAFA the atmosphere of the talks was "positive, brotherly and fruitful".