• Short Summary

    A new French diplomatic mission to the Arab world, being mounted this week by Foreign Minister Michel Jobert, has won favourable reactions as an indication of growing European interest in the Arab states
    When his tour ended in Damascus yesterday (Tuesday, January 29), M.

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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A new French diplomatic mission to the Arab world, being mounted this week by Foreign Minister Michel Jobert, has won favourable reactions as an indication of growing European interest in the Arab states
    When his tour ended in Damascus yesterday (Tuesday, January 29), M. Jobert himself told newsmen that he had found general agreement for closer Arab relations with Europe in all three countries he had visited -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Syria. This coverage concentrates on the talks M. Jobert had on the last two stages of his trip, with Kuwaiti and Syrian leaders.

    The visit to Syria was regarded by the French as an opportunity to make the most of old cultural ties, dating back to the French mandate over the country between the two world wars. Most of Syria's top political leaders took the opportunity for extensive talks with M. Jobert, the first French Foreign Minister to visit their country since it achieved independence in 1945.

    During a busy round of talks on Tuesday, M. Jobert met his Surian opposite number Mr. Abdel-Halim Khaddam, who's also Deputy Premier. Then followed discussions with Prime Minister Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi. Finally he conferred for two hours with Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad.

    Besides the political situation, the talks also touched on the controversial topic of arms supplies. Despite earlier evasiveness from the French, M. Jobert confirmed in Damascus that France was making a serious bid to sell arms to the Arab states.

    Following his stopover visit to Kuwait the previous day -- Monday -- there were reports that the Kuwaitis were negotiating to purchase such sophisticated weapons as Mirage fighters from France. The Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah al Salim al Sabah, and his Prime Minister were among the leaders involved in talks with M. Jobert.

    In Kuwait, as in his previous visit to Saudi Arabia, M. Jobert emphasised that he wanted to link technological cooperation and exports with long-term arrangements with the Arab countries guaranteeing future oil supplies to France.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA68FQLVR0HNBD97E6L0Z9TR5SC
    Media URN:
    VLVA68FQLVR0HNBD97E6L0Z9TR5SC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/01/1974
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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