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    In Algeria, a special envoy from King Hussein of Jordon visited Algiers on Saturday (4 October).

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    SV Mrs Hassan Ibrahim Jordanian minister for occupied territories and special envoy, arriving at Boumedienne Airport, Algeria. Greeted by Algerian officials. (2 SHOTS)

    SV INTERIOR Mr. Hassan Ibrahim seated with Mr. Ahmed Taleb Ibrahimi, member of the Algerian Central Committee and the President's consular minister. (4 SHOTS)

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    Background: In Algeria, a special envoy from King Hussein of Jordon visited Algiers on Saturday (4 October). Hassan Ibrahim met Algerian officials and discussed the continuing Iran-Iraq war, a topic of special interest to the Arab world. Arab concern has been increased by closer ties between the Iraqis and Jordanians, announced after a weekend visit to Baghdad by King Hussein. They are reportedly worried that the alliance might lead to an escalation of the conflict in the Gulf.

    SYNOPSIS: Hassan Ibrahim arrived at the Boumedienne Airport in Algiers and was greeted by Ahmed Taleb Ibrahim, on behalf of the Algerian President, Chadli Benjedid. The visit coincided with increasing concern in the Arab world about the Iran-Iraq war. King Hussein paid a 24-hour visit to Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, on Saturday. He left with a pledge of full support for Iraq, including a promise of possible military aid. Other Arab countries have been accused by Iran of backing Iraq, while commanders of Israeli military intelligence have expressed concern at the strengthening of the Iraqi-Jordanian axis.

    Mr. Ibrahim carried a message to the Algerians from King Hussein. In talks with Ahmed Taleb Ibrahim, he explained Jordan's position. Much has been written in the Western press about Jordan's neighbour, Syria, Iran's only ally in the Arab world. With Jordan becoming more involved with Iraq, regional strategists are watching Syria's response.

    .. Relations between Iraq and Syria have soured in recent years and it's not known how they'll react to stronger ties between Jordan and Iraq.

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