President Hafez al-Assad of Syria has held a series of meetings with Rumania's President Nicolae Ceausescu during which the two leaders concentrated on the Middle East conflict.
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Background: President Hafez al-Assad of Syria has held a series of meetings with Rumania's President Nicolae Ceausescu during which the two leaders concentrated on the Middle East conflict.
President Assad, who arrived in the Rumanian capital Bucharest on Monday (2 September), accused Israel of preparing for a new war and of blocking the resumption of Middle East peace talks. Speaking in Bucharest on Tuesday (3 September), he said: "Everything that Israel does demonstrates that it is preparing for a new aggression by which it would liquidate all efforts devoted to the attainment of peace."
Rumania is the only Communist state that maintains diplomatic relations with Israel. But since last October's Arab-Israeli war it has been concerned to build up its ties with the Arab world.
Damascus was one of a number of Arab capitals President Ceausescu visited earlier this year on a journey thought the Middle East designed to expand economic links and allay Arab suspicions of Rumania's links with Israel.
Rumania has led the way in calling for a broader involvement of small countries in the Middle East peacemaking process, and is likely to seek assurances of regular consultations with Syria in search of a settlement.
SYNOPSIS: Rumanian plans to build up relations with the Arab states were strengthened this week as President Nicolae Ceausescu prepared to greet Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. Mr. Ceausescu went to Damascus earlier this year.
Rumania is the only Communist state that maintains relations with Israel -- and President Assad began his visit with a calculated attack on Israel, accusing that country of preparing for a new Middle East war and blocking the resumption of the Middle East peace talks.
Official talks between the two leaders began on Tuesday, the day after President Assad's arrival. Top of the agenda was consideration of how to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. But they also reviewed ways of improving relations between their two countries in the economic and political spheres. After these talks, the two leaders toured factories and housing developments in Bucharest.