Arab attempts to ease strained relations between Syria and Egypt continued on Sunday (May 23) when the Saudi and Kuwaiti Foreign Ministers flew to Alexandria in Egypt to deliver messages from their heads of state to President Anwar Sadat.
GV Ras Eltine Palace, Alexandria.
SV INTERIOR President Sadat enters conference room
SV Saudi and Kuwaiti Foreign Ministers entering room
SV Sadat talking to Foreign Ministers ZOOM IN TO Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud el Faisal, PAN TO Sadat.
SVS PAN FROM Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy TO Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah el Ahmed el Jaber, PAN TO Faisal and Sadat (2 shots)
SV Fahmy leaving talks with Faisal and Sabah
GVS EXTERIOR Fahmy, Faisal and Sabah, walking across airport tarmac to helicopter (3 shots)
SV Fahmy shakes hands with Faisal and Sabah and visiting ministers board helicopter
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Background: Arab attempts to ease strained relations between Syria and Egypt continued on Sunday (May 23) when the Saudi and Kuwaiti Foreign Ministers flew to Alexandria in Egypt to deliver messages from their heads of state to President Anwar Sadat. The Foreign Ministers, Prince Saud el Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Sabah el Ahmed el Jaber, were later due to meet President Hafez al Assad in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and give him similar messages.
The Arab mediators are attempting to re-convene a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, originally set for last week but postponed following Syrian-Egyptian differences about the agenda.
Relations between the two countries have been strained on two major issues. The principal one is the Egyptian-Israeli Sinai desert misengagement agreement last September, which Syria described as a 'sell-out'. The second is over Syria's involvement in the Lebanese civil war. Syria sent in troops to try and keep the peace, while Egypt favoured instead a joint Arab action to end the war.