President Hafez El Assad of Syria paid an official visit to Algeria last week (3 July) and held talks with President Chadli Benjedid.
President Hafez El Assad of Syria paid an official visit to Algeria last week (3 July) and held talks with President Chadli Benjedid. Their discussion centred on the situation in the Middle East and the means of isolating Egypt from the rest of the Arab world, following Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: President Assad received all the pomp and ceremony due to the head of an Arab state. Talks between Presidents Assad and Chadli lasted for three days.
President Assad headed a delegation that included his Foreign Affairs Minister, Abdel Halim Khadda, and Minister of Defence, General Moustapha Tlas.
The two Ministers had arrived earlier, and they had talks the evening before the President's arrival.
President Assad announced on arrival that Algeria, Syria and the Arab nations will meet what he called "the challenge of the Israeli-Egyptian Treaty". Next morning, the Algiers newspaper 'Al Moujahid' said that these talks would strengthen the Arab struggle.
Before he left Algeria, three days later, President Assad stressed the need for forming a solid front against the treaty -- to consolidate the unity of the Arab world. Syria and Algeria are joined in this effort by Libya, South Yemen and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).