Libya's Foreign Minister, Dr Ali Abdel-Salam Tureiki, visited Damascus on Thursday (4 December) for talks with Syrian officials.
GV PAN TO CU Libyan Foreign Minister Dr. Ali Abdel-Salam Tureiki walking across tarmac, greeted by Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam and others
GV PAN Party walk across tarmac
GV INTERIOR Tureiki seated with President Hafiz Al-Assad, ZOOM IN TO Tureiki, PAN TO Assad, PAN TO Tureiki
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Background: Libya's Foreign Minister, Dr Ali Abdel-Salam Tureiki, visited Damascus on Thursday (4 December) for talks with Syrian officials. Dr Tureiki arrived a day after a high level Saudi mission had been in the capital trying to convince the Syrians to ease tensions on their common border with Jordan. Below the surface, however, is antagonism between the Libyans and Saudis who appear to want Syria to follow different paths on the road to Arab unity.
SYNOPSIS: Libya's Foreign Minister, Dr Ali Abdel-Salam Tureiki, arrived at Damascus Airport to be met by his Syrian counterpart, Abdel-Halim Khaddam. The Libyan mission follows the departure on Wednesday night (3 December) of the Saudi Arabian envoy, Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz. The Prince returned to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, with a promise from Syria's President Hafiz Al Assad gradually to withdraw troops from the Syrian-Jordanian border.
Libya is intimately connected to Syria by a merger formally enacted in September. The merger, however, could be put to the test by schisms that have come to the fore as a result of the Iran-Iraq War. Syria and Libya support Iran War. Syrian and Libya support Iran while Jordan supports Iraq. But Syria's President Assad is reported by the London Guardian newspaper (14 November) to be anxious to delay getting military help from Libya, one of the material aspects of the unification, for fear of alienating the Saudis. The Saudis cut diplomatic ties with Libya in October, further confusing a scenario in which the theme of Arab unity is at risk.