The Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Yassar Arafat, has been on a tour of Arab Gulf states -- seeking support for his struggle to get Syria to withdraw from war-ravaged Lebanon.
SV INT PLO Chairman Yassar Arafat (back to camera) greeted by UAE President Sheikh Zayed win Sultan
SV PAN Others in conference room
SVs & CUs Arafat (left of picture) talking to UAE President (5 shots)
SV & GV Conference room (2 shots)
SVs Arafat (centre) and UAE President leaving conference room followed by others (3 shots)
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Background: The Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Yassar Arafat, has been on a tour of Arab Gulf states -- seeking support for his struggle to get Syria to withdraw from war-ravaged Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Arafat was greeted by the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, when he arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday (18 June) for a 24-hour visit on the fifth leg of his tour. On leaving Qatar, his previous stop-over, he described the results of his tour so far, as 'positive'. Earlier, he visited Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain in three days.
He said he still thought Arab efforts to end the war in Lebanon were 'too slow'. During Mr. Arafat's talks with the UAE President, the two leaders reached agreement to 'further consolidate' the Palestine cause. No details of the agreement were released, but it was to be implemented 'immediately' according to a UAE government spokesman.
The PLO formerly regarded Syria as one of its allies. But since the Syrians intervened with massive military strength in Lebanon as few weeks ago and clashed repeatedly with PLO factions, the PLO has been trying to force a Syrian Withdrawal. In the 13-month-old civil war, the PLO has been supporting left-wing Moslems in their struggle with right-wing Christians to gain control of the country.