President Hafez Al-Assad, of Syria, arrived in neighbouring Lebanon on Tuesday (7 January)-making the first official visit by a Syrian Head of State for about 25 years.
LV PAN President Franjieh and President Assad enter tent
GV PAN Two Presidents leave tent as band plays
SV Assad and Franjieh enter car and car drives off (2 shots)
GV PAN Town of Shtaura
GV Marchers with banners
GV Camels and sheep slaughtered in guest's honour TILT UP TO crowds (2 shots).
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Background: President Hafez Al-Assad, of Syria, arrived in neighbouring Lebanon on Tuesday (7 January)-making the first official visit by a Syrian Head of State for about 25 years.
Helicopters hovered over the Ai-Masnaa border post as President Assad was welcomed by his host, Lebanon's President Suleiman Franjieh. Cheering crowds and triumphal arches and banners also greeted the Lebanese leader.
The Presidents later drove 15 miles (25 kms) to the small resort town of Shtaura, midway between Damascus and Beirut, for a round of official talks. Crowds lined the motorcade route and sheep and camels were ceremonially slaughtered in honour of the guest.
The formal talks were expected to centre on Israeli attacks on southern Lebanon, near Syria's Golan Heights front line.