Syria's deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Halim Khaddam, has cut short his?
SV: Syrian deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam comes down steps of aircraft and is greeted by United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Khalifa Al-Suweidi, and officials, Abu Dhabi airport.
GV: Party walking across tarmac.
SV: Khaddam being greeted by U.A.E. President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan.
SV: Syrian officials greeted by U.A.E. President.
SV & CU: U.A.E. President (left) and Khaddam seated, talking. (FOUR SHOTS)
SV: Other members of government and officials seated. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: U.A.E. President talking to Khaddam. (THREE SHOTS)
United Arab Emirates authorities were interrogating the gunman, who was arrested after briefly holding seven airport workers hostage in a Czechoslovak airliner parked on the tarmac at Abu Dhabi.
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Background: Syria's deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Halim Khaddam, has cut short his tour of the Gulf States after Tuesday's (October 25) attempt on his life at Abu Dhabi Airport. A gunman, believed to be a Palestinian, killed the United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Seif Bin Ghobash, in the attack but authorities believe the bullets were intended for the visiting Syrian Minister.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Khaddam arrived at Abu Dhabi on Monday and was greeted by the Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Khalifa Al-Suwei???i, whose junior colleague was fatally wounded at the same airport the next day as Mr. Khaddam made his fare???
Mr. Khaddam met Emirates President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan for talks on reconvening Middle East peace talks in Geneva. The Syrian Minister then planned to visit Qatar and the attack came as he prepared to board his plane. A hail of bullets was fired from a balcony and Mr. Ghobash collapsed fatally wounded. Mr. Khaddam escaped injury by diving for cover. Last December he escaped a similar attempt while driving with his wife between Damascus and Beirut. According to Reuters News Agency, the guerrilla group responsible was formed after Syrian forces entered Lebanon to fight against leftists and Palestinians in the civil war there.