During summit talks in Damascus, the Syrian leader, President Hafez Al-Assad, and the Algerian leader, President Chadli Benjedid, have reaffirm their determination to oppose the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement.
SV Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad and party walking across tarmac towards Algerian plane ZOOM IN TO Algerian flag on plane
SV President Chadli Benjedid of Algeria stepping down from plane and greeted by President Al-Assad
SV ZOOM TO Both presidents walking across tarmac during a 21-gun salute
GV Presidents arrive at guest house, out of car, up steps and into building
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Background: During summit talks in Damascus, the Syrian leader, President Hafez Al-Assad, and the Algerian leader, President Chadli Benjedid, have reaffirm their determination to oppose the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement. The Algerian leader was on a two day visit to the Syrian capital.
SYNOPSIS: President Assad placed great importance on the visit by the Algerian leader, President Benjedid, and was on hand at the airport to meet him. Both countries are members of what has become known as the Hardline Arab Front opposed to existence of Israel.
Following the airport ceremony the two got down to discussions on the Egyptian-Israeli Peace agreement which they saw as an "Imperialist Zionist-Reactionary onslaught" and pledged mutual assistance to counter the threat. The President also reviewed a proposal to stage a summit conference of the five member Arab alliance opposed to the Middle East Peace.
The five nation summit was to be held on the 28th of March but has been postponed without explanation. It may now be held some time in April with the Libyan Jamahiriyah, South Yemen and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation joining with Syria and Algeria. President Benjedid has now left Damascus for Amman in Jordan. Jordan is not a member of the "Hardline Front" and his talks with King Hussein will concentrate on bilateral relations.