Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad on Wednesday (14 August) accused Israel of preparing for war. President?
Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad on Wednesday (14 August) accused Israel of preparing for war. President Assad made the claim during a dinner in his honour in Brioni, Yugoslavia. The President said Israel, perhaps, would leave Syria no choice but to take military action.
President Assad arrived in Yugoslavia on Wednesday for a three-day visit. Soon after his arrival, he met Yugoslavian President Tito for talks, which centred on the Cyprus crisis and its implications for the Middle East. President Assad said the two countries shared identical views on the Middle East.
The two leaders had further talks on thursday (15 August), and on both sides met to discuss a number of bilateral issues. The talks were held at President Tito's summer island retreat on Brioni, which is near the northern Adriatic Port of Pula.
President Assad was to have visited Yugoslavia on 20 July, but the visit was postponed because of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. And on Wednesday, the President's arrival was delayed several hours. His special aircraft had to make a detour over North Africa, because of renewed fighting on Cyprus.
SYNOPSIS: The special aircraft of President Hafez Al-Assad, of Syria, arrived at Pula, Yugoslavia, on Monday - several hours late. The aircraft had to make a lengthy detour because of renewed fighting in Cyprus. President Assad original was to have made the visit last month, but it was postponed because of the Turkish invasion in Cyprus.
President Assad and his party were greed at Pula Airport by Yugoslavian Premier Bjedec and other Government officials. The President was accompanied by a strong delegation, including Premier Mahmoud Al-Yaoubi and Deputy premier Able-Halim Khaddam.
President Assad was scheduled to have several meetings with president Tito at his summer island retreat of Brioni in the Adriatic Sea
The first meeting was held soon after President Assad's arrival. The two leaders discussed the Cyprus crisis and its likely affect on the Middle East. President Assad said the two countries has identical views on the matter.
A second meeting was held on Thursday. As well, aides on both sides met for bilateral discussion on a variety of topics.
At a dinner in his honour on Wednesday night, President Assad accused Israel of preparing for war. He said Syria might have no alternative other than military action.