On Saturday (7 September) the last day of his visit to Bucharest, the Syrian President, Hafez Al-Assad, and President Nicolae Ceausescu signed a communique on the visit and a joint declaration.
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Background: On Saturday (7 September) the last day of his visit to Bucharest, the Syrian President, Hafez Al-Assad, and President Nicolae Ceausescu signed a communique on the visit and a joint declaration.
Syria and Rumania called for self-determination for the Palestinians and warned of the risk of new fighting in the Middle East. The communique also warned that continued Israeli occupation of Arab lands was a source of permanent tension, which if maintained, could lead to a renewal of hostilities and threat world peace.
President Assad told newsmen in Bucharest his meetings with President Ceausescu had reached agreement on all the problems discussed.
Rumania is the only Communist State which maintains diplomatic relations with Israel, but since the October War it has been concerned to build up its ties with the Arab world. Rumania has led the way in calling for a broader involvement of small countries in the Middle East peacemaking process, and it was regarded likely that President Ceausescu would seek assurances of regular consultations with Syria in the search for a settlement.
Demascus, the Syrian capital, was one of a number of Arab capitals President Ceausescu visited early this year on a tour of the Middle East designed to expand economic links and allay Arab suspicions of Rumania's links with Israel.