Czechoslovak relations with the Arab world stand to benefit from the current visit of Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal to Syria.
Czechoslovak relations with the Arab world stand to benefit from the current visit of Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal to Syria. He flew in to Damascus on Monday (November 11) at the start of a four-day official visit.
Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi led the airport welcome, and within hours was sitting with Mr. Strougal for a first round of talks. Closer co-operation between the two countries headed the agenda, together with the general situation in the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: At Damascus airport, an important moment in Syria's relations with Eastern Europe on Monday as Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi waits to greet the visiting Czechoslovak Premier, Mr. Lubomir Strougal Over the past few years, Czechoslovakia has been building up increasing ties with the Arab world - even to the extent of seeking Arab oil to supplement supplies imported from the Soviet Union. And Monday visit was designed to strengthen the bond still further.
Not long after the airport formalities were over, the two Prime Ministers were closeted for their first round of talks. Top of the agents were methods of building up closer co-operation between their two countries - the subject of several agreements in the past. Many of the Syria Ministers that Mr. Strougal met at the airport - including those responsible for Economic Affairs, Planning and Industry - were present for the discussions.
The airport welcome emphasised the less formal aspects of Mr. Strougal's four-day visit. Naturally, during their talks together, the two Prime Ministers thoroughly reviewed the Middle East situation. Czechoslovakia has supported Syria in the confrontation with Israel in the past.