The Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Saadallah Jaber Sabah, arrived in Syria on Tuesday (13 May) for talks on relations between the two countries and Middle East problems in general.
GV: Syrian monument to Unknown Soldier in Damascus
CU: Kuwaiti Prime Minister Saadallah Jaber Sabah lays wreath and stands to attention while trumpeter plays. (2 shots)
GV AND CU INTERIOR Kuwaiti Prime Minister seated with Syrian President Al-Assad. (2 shots)
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Background: The Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Saadallah Jaber Sabah, arrived in Syria on Tuesday (13 May) for talks on relations between the two countries and Middle East problems in general. Mr Sabah expressed his support for the Syrians, who have taken one of the strongest anti-West stands in the Arab community.
SYNOPSIS: Syria's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Damascus was the starting point for Mr Sabah's visit.
Syria and Kuwait are both members of the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries -- OPEC -- which last year suspended Egypt for signing a peace treaty with Israel. On May 6th the Syrian Information Minister, Ahmed Iskander, described the United States as the Arab's biggest enemy. He said Syrian-Soviet relations were a 'strategic friendship' against Israel.
More recently, on May 10th, Syria stepped up its attacks on the United States. The Speaker of the Syrian Parliament, Mahmoud Hadid, said American behaviour over Cuba was just as serious as its actions in the Middle East and the Gulf.
After paying his respects to the Unknown Soldier, Mr Sabah held talks with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. They were expected to discuss the Syrian call to other Arab countries to support Cuba, Syria maintains that the Americans, who have been evacuating Cuban refugees to Florida, have been making a military 'show of force' in the Caribbean.