Following the decision by an emergency session of the Arab League to impose an economic and political boycott on South Yemen, representatives of the South Yemeni government had been visiting other Arab countries -- in particular the group known as the "reductionist" states.
SV South Yemeni Minister of Construction Haridar El-Atas steps from aircraft and is greeted by Algerian official and others
SV El-Atas and others walking across tarmac and entering airport building (2 shots)
SV El-Atas and Algerian official come out of airport building, enter car, and car drives off
On Thursday (6 July) South Yemeni Foreign Minister Mohammed Saleh Mutea said Saudi Arabia had reinforced its troops along its borders with South Yemen. The Minister added that South Yemen did not plan any action which might increase tension.
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Background: Following the decision by an emergency session of the Arab League to impose an economic and political boycott on South Yemen, representatives of the South Yemeni government had been visiting other Arab countries -- in particular the group known as the "reductionist" states.
SYNOPSIS: This week South Yemeni Minister of Construction Haridar El-Atas arrived in Algeria on a regular Air Tunis flight. He was greeted by Alergian officials and local observers say he was carrying a message from his government for Algerian President Houari Boumedienne, but its contents were not revealed to newsmen. Last week South Yemeni President Salem Robaya Ali was executed after trying to overthrow the country's ruling Marxist National Front.
Since then former Prime Minister Ali Nasser Mohammed has been appointed President. Two days earlier the President of North Yemen, Ahmed Hussain Al-Ghashmi, was assassinated when a parcel bomb carried by a South Yemeni envoy allegedly sent by the late President Ali blew up in his office.
At the arab League emergency session in Cairo, North Yemen had originally asked that South Yemen be expelled from the organisation. Eventually however the League agreed to "freeze" all political and diplomatic relations and also denounced communist involvement in South Yemen.