Leaders of Syria's ruling political party have been meeting for the first time since the merger between Syria and the Libyan Jamahiriyah was announced earlier this month.
GV INT Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad shaking hands with various members of National Progressive Party.
LS Delegations seated at table.
CU President Assad at head of table PULL BACK TO SV delegates sitting at table.
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Background: Leaders of Syria's ruling political party have been meeting for the first time since the merger between Syria and the Libyan Jamahiriyah was announced earlier this month. The meeting on Tuesday (16 September) was headed by President Hafez Al-Assad, whose visit to the Jamahiriyah for talks wit Colonel Muammar Gaddafi preceded the union.
SYNOPSIS: At the start of the meeting in Damascus, President Assad was congratulated on the merger by other members of the National Progressive Party. According to newspaper reports in Beirut, further talks will be held within the next month between Syria and the Libyan Jamahiriyah to work out the details of the agreement. The reports came from the pro-Libyan daily newspaper "As-Safir", quoting a Tripoli news conference.
As-Safir said the Libyan second-in-command, Abdel-Salam Jalloud, had told reporters that the merger was unlike earlier, unsuccessful, attempts at the Arab unity because it had been decided on by the masses. It is also designed to restore the military balance with Israel.