Syria and Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) are reported to have reached a preliminary agreement on settling their differences over the Lebanese civil war.
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Background: Syria and Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) are reported to have reached a preliminary agreement on settling their differences over the Lebanese civil war. Reuters reports informed sources in Damascus as saying the agreement was reached in talks on Monday (26 July) in the Syrian capital between President Hafez Al-Assad and the head of the PLO's political department, Mr. Farouk Kaddoumi. Meanwhile, the official Iraqi News Agency reports that a second Syrian pilot has defected with his Soviet-built MIG fighter because of Syrian intervention in Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: The latest pilot to defect, Captain Abdul Qadar Al-Tarmanini appeared on Iraqi Television and said the Syrian leadership was trying to eliminate the Palestinians. Last month another Syrian Air Force pilot flew his MIG into Iraq for the same reasons.
Mr. Kaddoumi and Syrian President Assad concluded their talks on Lebanon three days later. The semi-official Syrian newspaper, Al-Baath said the two sides were now discussing details of an agreement which was aimed at reconciling the former allies who became bitter enemies over Syrian involvement in Lebanon. The talks had lasted five days and involved frequent journeys throughout the Arab world by the Palestinian negotiators.