Bulgarian President, Todor Zhivkov, arrived in Syria on Monday (21 April) for an official visit.
GV: Plane taxies at Damascus Airport
SV: President al-Assad with officials waiting for Bulgarian President Todor Zhivkov to leave plane
SV: President Zhivkov gets out of plane and meets President al-Assad. They walk towards platform as band plays (3 shots)
GV TILT: President Zhivkov and President al-Assad arrive for meeting and walk into guest house
SV INTERIOR: President Zhivkov talking to President al-Assad
GV AND SV: President Zhivkov at tomb of Unknown Soldier (3 shots)
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Background: Bulgarian President, Todor Zhivkov, arrived in Syria on Monday (21 April) for an official visit. He pledged his support for the Arab people's struggle for a self-ruling Palestinian state and for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza.
SYNOPSIS: The arrival of the Bulgarian President in Damascus followed a recent visit by his Deputy Premier to discuss economic relations between the two countries. Syrian President Hafez al-Assad was at the airport to welcome President Zhivkov who is seen as the Soviet Union are said to make his well placed to have open discussions in situations which may be too sensitive for Soviet emissaries. In 1973, he went to North Korea and Mongolia at a time when China's spreading influence was said to be matter of extreme concern to the Soviet Union.
The talks between the Bulgarian and Syrian Presidents about Palestinian autonomy came shortly after President Caster's meeting in Washington on the deadlocked negotiations between, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Mr Menachem Begin, the israeli Primer Minister.
The United States was trying to speed up the negotiations aimed to providing self-rule for well over one million Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza. All three leaders believed that continued high-level diplomacy could produce an agreement, and set a target date of May 26 as the date by which the autonomy question must be resolved.
President Zhivkov had discussions with Mr al-Assad about the firm stand that all international groups, and all international groups, and all Arabs and Moslems, will take about israel's policy of establishing settlements on the West Bank. The Palestinians say it's not for Egypt, Israel and the United States to determine their future.