• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Hopes for an end to the Iran-Iraq war were raised on Monday (18 May) after Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr said that the latest proposals by a non-aligned mediating mission for an end to the war were better than any others in the past eight months of fighting.

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    SV Hussein entering room, being greeted by religious officials (2 shots)
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    SVs Hussein speaking in Arabic (2 shots)
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    3.
    SV Hussein speaking, religious officials applaud
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    4.
    SV Hussein leaving
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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Hopes for an end to the Iran-Iraq war were raised on Monday (18 May) after Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr said that the latest proposals by a non-aligned mediating mission for an end to the war were better than any others in the past eight months of fighting. However, the most recent communiques from Iraq mention only an increase in the fighting around the oil port of Abadan and at Khor Musa.

    SYNOPSIS: President Saddam Hussein who consulted with religious officials on Monday (18 May) has been the centre of several diplomatic efforts during the past few days. Following the latest visit by the non-aligned mission charged with mediating between Iran and Iraq, Iraqi deputy premier Tariq Aziz has been despatched on a tour of Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, North Yemen and Kuwait, to communicate the latest developments to their leaders.

    King Hussein of Jordan was also in Iraq recently (17 May) to discuss not only the Iran-Iraq war, but also the renewed fighting in Lebanon which threatens to draw the rest of the Arab world into the Syria-Israel dispute. Both Jordan and Iraq have expressed support for Syria's stand against Israel.

    Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.) leader Yasser Arafat was likewise in Baghdad recently for talks with the Iraqi President on a concerted Arab stand against Israel. Although Iraq has expressed its willingness to support the Arab stand, it is still heavily committed in the Iran-Iraq war and until that ends is unlikely to be in a position to offer much military of financial aid.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4DJALTXDU9R8935J40C06PO4T
    Media URN:
    VLVA4DJALTXDU9R8935J40C06PO4T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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