The Syrian Prime Minister, General Abdul-Rahuman Khleifawi, arrived in Amman on Wednesday (25 August) for talks with Jordanian Prime Minister, Mr.
GV Plane taxiing at Amman airport
SV & GV Syrian Prime Minister General Abudul-Rahman Khleifawi being greeted by Jordan Prime Minister Badran and walking towards airport terminal (3 shots)
SCU INTERIOR Portrait of King Hussein of Jordan
GV & SV General Khleifawi speaking into microphone as others listen (3 shots)
SV & GV Mr. Badran speaking
GVs Both Prime Ministers into car and away
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Background: The Syrian Prime Minister, General Abdul-Rahuman Khleifawi, arrived in Amman on Wednesday (25 August) for talks with Jordanian Prime Minister, Mr. Mudar Badran, According to an official communique their discussions will centre on consolidating relations between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: The Syrian Prime Minister was met at the airport by Mr. Badran Both men were recently appointed to their respective posts following government reshuffles in Amman and Damascus. Their meeting took place as Syria and Jordan agreed to a call for another Arab summit conference on Middle East issues. Syria, preoccupied with Lebanon, has been supported in the crisis by Jordan and Lebanon will be high on the agenda of any summit. Kuwait, Egypt, the Sudan, Morocco, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have already agreed to such a meeting.
Relations between King Hussein of Jordan and the Syrian president, Hafiz al-Assay, have grown closer over the past year. The two countries now have a joint military command and have signed several social, trade and technical agreements. The cooperation is in sharp contrast to the situation in 1971 when King Hussein crushed the Palestinian guerrilla movement in Jordan. Relations then reached a new low. However, Syria is now under fire for its policy towards the Palestinians in Lebanon.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation has accused Syria of aggression over its intervention. Fearing isolation within the Arab world and under pressure form the Arab League, Syria has been seeking more support from Jordan.