In Paris, the Syrian Foreign Minister Mr. Abdul Halim Khaddam, met with President Valery Giscard?
In Paris, the Syrian Foreign Minister Mr. Abdul Halim Khaddam, met with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on Monday (26 March) to discuss the Middle East situation. Mr. Khaddam has ben travelling in Europe, holding talks with political leaders on the Middle East Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel and finding out their attitudes towards it.
SYNOPSIS: Syria had earlier stated it is satisfied with France's attitude towards the treaty and Mr. Khaddam repeated Syria's viewpoint to President Giscard. Mr. Khaddam has described the terms of the treaty as "worthless."
He told newsmen the bilateral treaty had destroyed the efforts of the international community for a comprehensive peace settlement in the Middle East. The French attitude towards the Israel/Egypt Treaty is that a comprehensive agreement of all Middle East countries is more favourable than the present bilateral agreement. The French however, have modified this appraisal by also stating they are encouraged by the treaty that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin have fashioned during the past sixteen months.
Abdul Halim Khaddam made grim predictions in Britain last week about the future of the volatile and strategically-important region as a result of the Middle East Peace Treaty. He warned that the signing would bring more strife and bloodshed. Mr. Begin and President Sadat signed the agreement in Washington on Monday (26 March) only a few hours after Mr. Khaddam spoke his words of warning outside the elysee Palace. Mr. Khaddam said his country was satisfied that France has a deep understanding of the Arab Rights issue. He accused President Sadat of disregarding the Palestinians' national rights.
Mr. Khaddam said that the Arab States would do all they can to depose President Sadat.