Iraq's President Saddam Hussein, beset by problems created by the continuing Iran-Iraq war, addressed his nation's parliament on May 30 and reported on the state of the conflict.
1. CU Saddam Hussein in chamber speaking to delegates in Parliament (5 shots) 0.38
2. (MUTE) Turkish PM Turgut Ozal departing from Baghdad airport (2 shots) 0.46
3. SV Ozal farewelling Turkish Ambassador to Iraq on tarmac 0.49
4. CU Iraqi delegation waves goodbye to Ozal on aircraft steps 0.51
5. GVs Ozal waves from aircraft entrance as Iraqis wave back and plane taxis (3 shots) 0.59
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Background: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
Iraq's President Saddam Hussein, beset by problems created by the continuing Iran-Iraq war, addressed his nation's parliament on May 30 and reported on the state of the conflict. The country's economy has undergone severe strain during the 44-month-old conflict, and oil exports, the prime foreign currency earner, have decreased sharply due to a worldwide surplus of oil supplies and the closure by neighbouring Syria of one of Iraq's key pipelines. Meanwhile, Turkey's Prime Minister Turgut Ozal completed his three-day official visit to Iraq on May 30, amid rumours that Turkey's neutral stance might enhance its position as a possible mediating force between Teheran and Baghdad. Ozal, who met with President Hussein during his sojourn in Iraq, stated that Turkey was ideally placed to attempt a useful role as arbitrator between the warring nations. The Turkish delegation's visit has also had commercial objectives -- a virtual tripling of its 1983 exports to Iraq from 319 million US dollars to over 90 million. Turkey's trade with Iraq dropped sharply last year, due largely to Baghdad's declining fortunes in the Gulf war. During the Ozal-Hussein meeting on May 29, Iraq agree to augment its Turkish imports by purchasing a wide range of products -- from iron and steel to consumer goods and foodstuffs.
Source: IRAQ TV