The Syrian President Hafez al-Assad had talks on the Lebanese crisis with the Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Salem Jalloud in Damascus on Tuesday (13 July).
GV: President Assad and Premier Jalloud (2 shots)
CU: Mahmoud Ayoubi Syrian Prime Minister
GV PAN FROM: Assad and Jalloud talking to Ayoubi
Syrian leaders, Assad and Ayoubi meeting with high ranking members of Lebanese Front delegation
CU and GV'S: Assad talking with delegation (4 shots)
Since the Cairo meeting of Arab foreign ministers, the P.L.O. has said they doubted the sincerity of any Syrian offer over reconciliation. The P.L.O. has accused the Syrians of fighting side by side with Lebanese rightists against them and their Lebanese leftist allies. The charge has been denied by Syria. Reuters News Agency, reporting from Sidon in Lebanon, said the Syrians appeared to be withdrawing from near the city. The Palestinians sat Syrian withdrawal is paramount for any reconciliation to work.
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Background: The Syrian President Hafez al-Assad had talks on the Lebanese crisis with the Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Salem Jalloud in Damascus on Tuesday (13 July).
SYNOPSIS: Their meeting follows moves by the Libyan Prime Minister to achieve a reconciliation between Syria and the Palestinians over the conflict Similar mediation efforts have been launched by the Arab League. The Palestine (P.L.O) has called on Syrian to withdraw its forces from the Lebanon.
The Syrian Prime Minister, Mahmoud al-Ayoubi, joined the talks which followed a Cairo meeting of Arab foreign ministers on moves to reconcile Syria and the Palestinians.
The following day (14 July) the Syrian leaders met high ranking officials of the right-wing Lebanese National Front. A Syrian Government communique issued after the talks, said that President al-Assad stressed the importance of stopping the fighting in Lebanon. The Syrian President said that further efforts must be made to find a settlement and solution to the civil war. The conflict has now lasted 15 months. Thousands have died and thousands more, wounded and made homeless.