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    A former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Saeb Salam, arrived in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday?

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    A former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Saeb Salam, arrived in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday (3 April) at the head of a Moslem delegation for talks with President Hafez Al-Assad. Although he is a Moslem, Mr. Salam is reported to be a supporter of Mr. Raymond Edde, a Christian Maronite, who has been mentioned as a possible successor to the Lebanese Presidency, if and when President Suleiman Franjieh resigns.

    Mr. Salam is believed to have made the visit in an effort to persuade the Syrian leaders of the need to back Mr. Edde's nomination as President. Mr. Edde is an ally, not only of Mr. Salam, but also of Mr. Kamal Jumblatt, the left-wing Moslem leader.

    Mr. Jumblatt has asked that any new President of Lebanon who replaces President Franjieh, must endorse the left-wing programme of reforms, especially the section providing for a complete securing of Lebanon's current sectarian system. However, it is unlikely that any Presidential candidate who would agree to such a condition, would be accepted by the right-wing Christian faction.

    Other names that have been mentioned as possible contenders for the Lebanese Presidency are the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Elias Sarkis, and a businessman, Mr. Pierre Helou, who is a member of parliament and who is said to have some left-wing sympathies.

    While Mr. Salam and President Assad were meeting in Damascus, the latest truce in Lebanon was still holding together - but only just. Beirut continued to be rocked occasionally by blasts of heavy weaponry, and the rattle of small arms fire was still heard frequently. The truce came into force at noon on Friday (2 April), with a ten-day limit set by the left-wing forces during which the politicians are expected to find a solution to the political stalemate.

    SYNOPSIS: A former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Saeb Salam, arrived in Damascus on Saturday, for crisis talks with President Hafez Al-Assad of Syria. Mr. Salam was greeted by Syria's Minister of the Interior, Mr. Ali Zaza, who introduced him to newsmen at a news conference. The former Lebanese Prime Minister is a Moslem.

    Although he is a Moslem, he is reported to be a supporter of Mr. Raymond Edde, a Christian Maronite, who has been mentioned as a possible successor to the Lebanese Presidency, if and when President Suleiman Franjieh resigns. He is believed to have gone to Damascus in an effort to persuade the Syrian leaders of the need to back Mr. Edde's nomination as President. Mr. Edde is also an ally of Mr. Kamal Jumblatt, the left-wing Moslem leader.

    Mr. Salam's talks with President Assad lasted two-and-a-half hours, and afterwards he said they had discussed the deteriorating situation in Lebanon. Mr. Jumblatt has asked that any new President who replaces President Franjieh, must endorse the left-wing programme of reforms, especially the section providing for securing Lebanon's present sectarian system. The right-wing Christian faction is not expected to accept such a candidate.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4D5COZPWAAYVFGQRUYOVIF5L4
    Media URN:
    VLVA4D5COZPWAAYVFGQRUYOVIF5L4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
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