Since the Middle East conflict of 1966, Iraq and Syria have been at odds over idealogy and ways to settle the Middle East turmoil.
SV & CU National Front demonstrators gathered outside the Hamra cinema in Beirut. (2 SHOTS)
SV INT Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Mr. Rashid Solh speaking in Arabic.
GV Audience applauding and chanting.
LV & CU Secretary General of the PFLP, George Habash, speaking in Arabic. (2 SHOTS)
GV Audience appl???uding.
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Background: Since the Middle East conflict of 1966, Iraq and Syria have been at odds over idealogy and ways to settle the Middle East turmoil. But now that the Camp David talks have pushed Israel and Egypt closer together, there is now more unity between Syria and Iraq. The two nations have agreed on a national charter which would pool their military resources. The new agreement was celebrated by leftists in Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: More than fifteen-hundred people called together by the leftist Lebanese National Movement rallied behind the charter agreement at a demonstration in West Beirut, on Tuesday (31 October). Iraq and Syria have agreed to sweep away their animosities with a joint approach which could affect the balance of power in the region. A former Lebanese Prime Minister Mr. Rashid Solh spoke in support of the alliance.
Airfares between Syria and Iraq have been reduced and each nation's citizens have only to produce identification papers when travelling between the countries. Among those who welcome the new reconciliation was the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Dr. George Habash. The agreement opens the door for Syria and Iraq to begin talks on cultural and information exchanges. And the new accord lays the foundations for the possible future political unification of the two countries. An Iraqi-Syrian committee has already been formed to discuss further co-operation between them, but observers see as most significant the pooling of their military resources to provide an increased threat to Israel, and the boost it gives to the Arab world's anti-Egyptian camp.