President Valery Giscard d'Esting of France is to visit Iraq later this year.
GV Cars arrive. Iraqi Foreign Minister, Saadoun Hammadi walks from car and enters Elysee Palace
CU Iraqi flag flying from car
SV Elysee Palace
SV Hammadi walks from conference room and talks to newsmen at entrance of elysee in Arabic and walks and enters car (2 shots)
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: President Valery Giscard d'Esting of France is to visit Iraq later this year. The visit reflects the fast-developing relations between the two countries. It was announced by the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Saadoun Hammadi, on Wednesday (11 June) at the start of a three-day visit to France. Dr. Hammadi said France had now agreed to include political issues in the discussions between the European Common Market (E.E.C.) countries and the Arab states -- known as the Euro-Arab dialogue.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Hammadi received assurances about these discussions after he arrived at the Elysee Palace for talks with the French Foreign Minister, Jean Francois-Poncet, and President Giscard d'Eastaing. The foreign ministers held several rounds of talks, and Dr. Hammadi also conferred with Prime Minister Raymond Barre.
The Iraqi Foreign Minister's visit took place shortly before the E.E.C. Heads of Government Summit opens in Venice.
And Dr. Hammadi's main aim was to seek details of the reported European initiative for a Middle East peace settlement. Iraq has led the Arab opposition to the Israeli-Egyptian peach accords, and Dr. Hammadi said he was hoping for a positive response from Western Europe on the question of Palestinian autonomy. He said the Palestinian issue would be among the political topics discussed at the Euro-Arab dialogue, which would lead to a more meaningful exchange. Dr. Hammadi said he open in future all E.E.C. countries would adopt a more favourable attitude to the Arab world.