Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Ali Rajai, arrived in Algeria on Sunday (19 October) on his way home from the United Nations.
GV Iran Air aircraft arriving at Algiers Airport in Algeria
GV Algerian officials including Mohamed Benahmed Abdelghani walks towards aircraft
GV Iranian Prime Minister, Ali Rajai, steps down from plane with other Iranian officials and being greeted by Algerian party (2 shots)
SV PAN Rajai meets Algerian officials and walks with officials along Guard of Honour mounted on tarmac (6 shots)
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Background: Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Ali Rajai, arrived in Algeria on Sunday (19 October) on his way home from the United Nations. Mr. Rajai said he was visiting Algeria to express his country's sorrow for the recent earthquake which devastated the town of El Asnam.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Rajai was met at the airport in Algiers by Algerian government officials including Prime Minister Mohammed Benahmed Abdelghani.
The Iranian Prime Minister had been in New York to put his country's case on the war with Iraq to the United Nations Security Council. There was some speculation that the issue of the American hostages might be discussed during Mr. Rajai's brief stay in Algeria. The Algerian embassy represents Iranian interests in Washington. But there have been no reports of any formal discussions taking place. Shortly after his arrival at the arrival at the airport, Mr. Rajai accompanied the Algerian President, Bendjedid Chadli, on a visit to the afflicted areas of El Asnam. Nine days after the earthquake the authorities had abandoned any hope of finding more survivors. Mr. Rajai was told that the death toll may run as high as twenty thousand though a final count is not yet complete. Some forty thousand injured have been taken to hospital and the Iranian Prime Minister was to see first hand some of the four hundred thousand left homeless.