UN secretary General Dr Kurt Waldheim arrived in Damascus late Friday afternoon on the second stage of his Middle East tour.
UN Lear Jet arriving at airport
UN Honour Guard
Waldheim off aircraft and greeted by Mr Abed Alhalin Khaddam Syrian Foreign Minister.
Dr Waldheim meeting UN and Syrian officials
Motorcade off to Damascus
Interior Official Guest House (one shot)
Exterior Foreign Ministry
Interior Waldheim entering and seated with Syrian FM
GV Syrian and UN officials
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Background: UN secretary General Dr Kurt Waldheim arrived in Damascus late Friday afternoon on the second stage of his Middle East tour. He was greeted at the airport by the Syrian Foreign Minister with whom he began talks later in the evening. The talks are scheduled to resume on Saturday morning, then Dr Waldheim will meet with President Hafez al Assad. It is not known when, or if Dr Waldheim will meet with Palestinian leaders during his 36-hour stay in Syria, but there are unconfirmed reports that Dr Yassir Arafat, the leader of the PLO arrived in Damascus on Friday afternoon from Beirut.