The Presidents of Syria, Egypt and Libya met in Damascus on Wednesday (18 August) in a 90-minute closed session and considered a draft constitution for the proposed Federation of Arab Republics.
The Presidents of Syria, Egypt and Libya met in Damascus on Wednesday (18 August) in a 90-minute closed session and considered a draft constitution for the proposed Federation of Arab Republics. The aim of the meeting was revealed to newsmen by Syrian Vice-President Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi. He added that the three heads of state also discussed the general Arab situation but that the tense relations between Syria and neighbouring Jordan were not directly brought up.
Mr Ayoubi, who is official spokesman for the summit meeting, said that after 90 minutes, the three Presidents -- Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Hafez Al-Assad of Syria and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya -- were joined by members of their delegations for a further 90-minute session of talks Articles of the draft constitution for the projected Federation, which is due to be proclaimed next month, were also discussed at the second meeting the Syrian Vice-President said.
This film shot by VISNEWS cameraman Paul Nazarian, shows the arrival of President Sadat at Damascus airport and shots of all three Presidents arriving at the Palace for talks.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds waited at Damascus airport on Wednesday to welcome Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, arriving for the summit conference with President Hafez Al-Assad of Syria and President Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
The primary objective of the meeting is to approve a constitution for the Federation of Arab Republics due to be proclaimed next month. The summit leaders were also expected to discuss Syria's tense relations with neighbouring Jordan, and the underlying Palestinian commando problem.
Crowds in Damascus had greeted the three Presidents enthusiastically, shouting slogans proclaiming the projected federation of the three countries as the hope of the Arab nations.
President Sadat met diplomats before being escorted away in a motorcade to the city, where the three leaders were to hold an hour-long preliminary session of talks before conferring with their delegations over the proposed Federation issue. The three heads of state were scheduled to watch big manoeuvres now being carried out by the Syrian armed forces, which last week fought a series of artillery duels and border skirmishes with the Jordanians.
According to official sources in Beirut, President Sadat of Egypt is to go on afterwards to Saudi Arabia for talks with King Faisal. The proposed Federation project--the main topic to be discussed in Damascus -- was first orate by Sudan, Libya and Egypt, in December 1965, Syria agreed to join last November, but Sudan chose to stay out temporarily and is now expected to join early next year after a political reorganisation in the country.