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    President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal has held three days of talks in the United Arab Emirates as part of his efforts to find a solution to the conflict in the Western Sahara.

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    GV ZOOM INTO SV INT Senegalese President Leopold Sedar Senghor Descends aircraft steps at Abu Dhabi airport and greeted by United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan and other officials.

    GV Flags of both countries fly above podium as President Senghor and UAE President pose for news photographs.

    SV & GV The two leaders leave podium and Walk along red carpet to inspect guard of honour. (3 SHOTS)

    SV PAN President Senghor shaking hands with UAE officials including Sheikhs and ministers.

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    Background: President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal has held three days of talks in the United Arab Emirates as part of his efforts to find a solution to the conflict in the Western Sahara. He told reporters at the end of his stay on Wednesday (17 September) that the Sahara issue affected Arab relations and the future of Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: When he arrived at Abu Dhabi airport on Monday (15 September), President Senghor was met by the President of the UAE, Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan. In their talks the two leaders covered a wide range of international issues, as well as the fighting in the Sahara between Morocco and Polisario guerrillas. The guerrillas are seeking independence for the Western Sahara, which Spain ceded to Morocco and Mauritania. Mauritania signed a peace agreement with the guerrillas last year - but the fighting with Morocco is still going on.

    President Senghor's talks in the UAE also involved a project to relieve the drought in this country with dams in the Senegal River Valley. The scheme, costing around a billion dollars, would irrigate a large area of Senegal as well as parts of Mali and Mauritania. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are three oil states helping to pay for the project.

    In a joint communique, President Senghor and the UAE leader said that tensions in the Middle East has been heightened by the Camp David accord between Israel and Egypt. They said it was essential for Israel to withdraw from occupied territories -- and condemned the annexation of East Jerusalem.

    Senegalese President Leopold Segor Senghor arrived in Abu Ihabi (UAE) this evening 13/9 on an official two days visit to the United Arab Emirates. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was leading the UAE team, which greeted the senegalese President at the Abu Dhabi International airport. The team includes Lt. General Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed, Deputy Premier a number of Sheikhs, Ministers Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayad, Commander in-chief of the armed forces, heads of diplomatic missions in the country and civil and military senior officials.

    Official talks will hold with the Senegalese President tomorrow dealing with bilateral cooperation in the frame work of the Afro-Arab cooperation as well as international issues on mutual interest.

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