French Foreign Minister Michel Jobert stopped briefly in Syria on Saturday (9 February) before returning home form the latest French diplomatic offensive in the Arab world.
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Background: French Foreign Minister Michel Jobert stopped briefly in Syria on Saturday (9 February) before returning home form the latest French diplomatic offensive in the Arab world.
M. Jobert was greeted at Palmyre Airport by members of the French Embassy staff in Damascus and Syrian Vice-Minister of Culture, M. Adel Lujami, Mr. Jobert was given a tour of the ancient ruins of Palmyre--the desert city that was once the main link in the trading routes between Europe and the Orient.
The stop in Syria came after three days of talks in Baghdad, and on the same day as France snnounced a big new oil deal with Iran. There were no political or economic discussions during his brief stay in Syria, and the French Minister devoted himself to sightseeing.
On Monday (11 February), the French Foreign Minister is to be in Washington for the conference of thirteen leading oil-using nations--a meeting M. Jobert has said he regards as a major challenge to the countries of western Europe. His recent tour of Arab nations was just part of the French diplomatic drive to ensure continuing supplies of oil for her expanding industrial economy.