The lader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation... Yasser Arafat... has pledged the loyalty of hi?
SV Leader of Iranian delegation, Mullah Hojjat Al Islam Hadi Al Madrassi (right) and Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat (left in headdress)
GV People sitting in hall applauding
SV Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat speaking in Arabic
SV Arafat comes down from platform and embraces the leader of Iranian delegation, Madrassi
SCU Madrassi being interviewed in English and answering in English
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "What if President Carter thinks of military initiative against Iran? What would be the reaction?"
SEQ. 5: MADRASSI: "Well the reaction is that we are going to defend and we are going to resist against any American military aggression against Iran and we are not alone in this feeling, but most of the Islamic countries and especially people in the Islamic countries they are with Iran, they are behind us."
REPORTER: "During your last visit in the Arab countries how successful were your talks about bringing an oil embargo on the United States from the countries you visited?"
MADRASSI: "Well, we have in the Arab countries to explain the Iranian position towards the United States, but our oil minister Doctor Muhinkba (phonetic) is travelling to Kuwait, Algeria and Libya to bring about a unity in the position towards the United States."
REPORTER: "Will you be asking for an oil embargo against the United States?"
MADRASSI: " Yes, we may ask."
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Background: The lader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation... Yasser Arafat... has pledged the loyalty of hi guerrillas to Iran in the country's war of attrition with the U.S. And, he says, Palestinians will never allow Arab soil to be used as a base for a U.S. attack on Iran. He outlined his position at a pro-Iranian rally in Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: He was joined by a representative of Iran's Revolutionary Council, Mullah Hojjat Al Islam Hadi Al Madrassi. The rally follows an announcement by Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Mohammen Montazari... that he's sending thousands of supporters to South Lebanon to help the Palestinians fight Israel.
Now Yasser Arafat says he will send his guerrillas to fight the Americans if they attack Iran. He says with only a word from Iran's leader Ayatollah Khomeini the Palestinians would burn all U.S. institutions and interests in the Arab world.
For his part...the Iranian representatives Hadi Al Madrassi... told the rally Iran cannot defeat the U.S. But...he said.....Iranians were prepared to give up their lives in the fight.