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Background: Syria's deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Abdul Halim Khaddam is currently engaged in talks in Kuwait with Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Subah Al-Ahmad. It has been reported by Kuwait officials that the discussions are covering the strengthening of ties between the two countries, the general situation throughout the Arab world, and the progress made over recent months in the preliminary plans for the formation of a union of Arabian Gulf states. A spokesman said that both sides have agreed that the formation of such a union is imperative.
Political observers have said that, since Syria's new leader, Lieutenant General Hafez Al Assad, took over power as President with a unanimous vote from a countrywide referendum in March, Syria is beginning to widen her sphere of interests and activities around the rest of the Arab world. The Syrian Foreign Minister's visit to Kuwait follows Syria's ratification last month of an agreement setting up a Federation of Arab Republics between herself, Egypt and Libya. With Britain scheduled to withdraw her military presence from the Arabian Gulf by the end of this year, Syria is taking a keen interest in the progress of the proposed formation of a federation of Gulf states.
SYNOPSIS: A Syrian Government delegation, led by the deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Abdul Halim Khaddam, was received in Kuwait's Seif Palace on Tuesday by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Subah As-Salem As Subah, at the start of a scheduled six day visit to the country for discussions on the state of current affairs throughout the Arab world. Kuwaiti officials say that the talks are covering the latest developments in the Middle East and the progress of the proposed federation of Arabian Gulf states.
Mr. Khaddam's meeting with the Kuwaiti ruler was cordial, officials said. Later, the Syrian party left the Palace to begin a series of talks with the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber and Foreign Minister Sheikh Subah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber.
Political observers believe Syria has widened her interests throughout the Arab would since her new leader, Lieutenant General Hafez Al Assad, took over as President in March. Only a month later, Syria ratified an agreement setting up a Federation of Arab Republics between herself, Egypt and Libya. Now she is watching with keen interest any progress that might be made towards the formation of a federation of Gulf states. When Britain withdraws her military presence form the Gulf later this year, such a federation may come closer to reality.