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    President Hafez al-Assad of Syria arrived in the East German capital, East Berlin, on Sunday (1 October) at the street of a tour of Eastern Europe to seek support against Egypt's peace negotiations with Israel.

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    President Hafez al-Assad of Syria arrived in the East German capital, East Berlin, on Sunday (1 October) at the street of a tour of Eastern Europe to seek support against Egypt's peace negotiations with Israel.

    SYNOPSIS: President Assad was given a full military welcome at Schoenefeld Airport. He was accompanied by his wife Anisa, Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam, Economic and Foreign Trade Minister, Mohammed al-Imadi and the Deputy Premier for Economic Affairs, Kamil Shayya. It was the Syrian leader's first visit to East Germany Head of State, Erich Honecker. The Syrian delegation is expected to spend four days in East Berlin, before visiting other East European countries.

    The visit was planned before Egypt and Israel agreed on a framework for peace during the Camp David talks in the United States. Syria leads the Arab Front for Steadfastness and Confrontation, opposed to all peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel. During a recent conference in Damascus to discuss the Camp David proposals, the five Front members - Syria, Algeria, the Libyan Jamahiriyah, South Yemen and the Palestine Liberation Organisation - decided to seek closer ties with the Soviet Union and its allies. President Assad's tour is seen as the first attempt to gain Soviet support for the Front's policies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC8X4WXCM7XOYHOGLL3OPUU1LJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAC8X4WXCM7XOYHOGLL3OPUU1LJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
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    N/A

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