• Short Summary

    BEIRUT, LEBANON/DAMASCUS, SYRIA

    INTRODUCTION: The French Foreign Minister, M. Claude Cheysson, flew to France on Monday (31 August) after a tour of the Middle East in which he met the leaders of Jordan and Syria.

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    BEIRUT, LEBANON/DAMASCUS, SYRIA

    SV M. Cheysson with Mr. Shafiq Al-Wazzan and Yasser Arafat, ZOOM IN TO CU Cheysson, PULL BACK TO GV, ZOOM IN TO CUs Arafat and Al Wazzan 0.30
    GV Government building 0.33
    SV INT Conference table, CU Cheysson, PULL BACK, PAN ZOOM IN TO CU Khaddam 0.54
    CU Cheysson 0.58
    GV Conference chamber 1.06

    Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON/DAMASCUS, SYRIA

    INTRODUCTION: The French Foreign Minister, M. Claude Cheysson, flew to France on Monday (31 August) after a tour of the Middle East in which he met the leaders of Jordan and Syria. M. Cheysson also met the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the PLO, Mr. Yasser Arafat, while in Beirut. But at one point it seemed likely that the planned meeting would not take place.

    SYNOPSIS: Problems arose over the choice of venue. The PLO wanted M. Cheysson to meet Mr. Arafat at their office. But the French refused because they feared this would be interpreted as their government's recognition of the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinians. They eventually met at the home of the Lebanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shafiq Al-Wazzan. During their meeting M. Cheysson expressed French support for the rights of the Palestinian people.

    From Lebanon, M. Cheysson flew to Damascus.

    There he met the Syrian Foreign Minister, Mr. Khaddam, and other government officials. Syrian officials have been uneasy about the new Socialist government in France because of President Mitterrand's support for the Camp David agreement. But Mr. Khaddam said he was sure the visit would contribute to cementing ties between their two nations.

    They discussed the Middle East situation and other international affairs.

    Later M. Cheysson visited President Al-Assad of Syria at his summer palace before flying back to France.

    Source: REUTERS - ELIE AZZI AND MARWAN MAKDESI

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADJMOB9DP610X2C6LKZEM8Z5JM
    Media URN:
    VLVADJMOB9DP610X2C6LKZEM8Z5JM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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