INTRODUCTION: The ruler of the third largest state of the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah, has been in Syria for talks with leaders about bilateral cooperation.
CU Sultan Al-Qasimi out of aircraft and greeted by Khaddam and others.
CU & SV More greetings Al-Qasimi and Khaddam walk towards car. (2 shots)
SV Qasimi and Khaddam into car.
SV Car and escort leave.
SV & CU INTERIOR Qasimi and Khaddam at talks with others seated. (2 shots)
SV Al-Qasimi greeted by Prime Minister Ayoubi.
SV Al-Qasimi walking into room with President Assad.
SV & CU Al-Qasimi and members of delegation seated with President Assad. (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The ruler of the third largest state of the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah, has been in Syria for talks with leaders about bilateral cooperation.
SYNOPSIS: The ruler, Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi arrived in Damascus on Friday (18 March) with most of his state ministers. Waiting to greet him in the capital was Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Abdel Halim Khaddam and other ministers. The sultan and his ministers, many of whom are related to him, were scheduled to stay in Syria for three days. Sheikh Al-Qasimi has been in power since 1972, a year after Britain withdrew its troops from the then Trucial States. The United Arab Emirates were formed with Abu Dhabi and Dubai becoming the two most powerful members.
On Saturday the Sharjah delegation was received by Syrian leaders at the Presidential Palace and the Prime Minister's head-quarters. It's possible the talks could include Middle East peace talks and oil production. During the 1973 Middle East War the United Arab Emirates strongly supported the Arab cause and has since contributed large sums in aid.
The Sharjah delegation was received by the Prime Minister Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi and later by President Hafez Al-Assad. Sharjah has a small population of only 60,000. The country has joined all the northern sheikhdoms and signed exploration agreements and commercial production of oil began in the country in 1974. But so far production is comparatively small.