Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (8 October) for a two-day official visit during which he is expected to have high-level talks on recent developments in the Middle East.
SV Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad leaving aircraft at Moscow Airport.
SV Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev walking forward and shaking hands with Assad.
SV President Assad shaking hands with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and other officials as press look on. (3 SHOTS)
SV & GV Guard of Honour stand to attention as Assad and Brezhenev take salute. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (8 October) for a two-day official visit during which he is expected to have high-level talks on recent developments in the Middle East. Syria is facing increasing isolation in the area with war raging between Iran and Iraq and Middle Eastern countries siding with Syria's ideological enemy Iraq.
SYNOPSIS: The Syrian leader was greeted by Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. The Syrian leader is a frequent visitor to the Soviet Union, his main arms supplier, but the suddenness of this visit reflects the President's concern at the war that has flared up on his doorstep. According to local sources, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is also expected in Moscow soon. Mr. Arafat was recently in Teheran and had talks with the Syrian President in Damascus this week, but he has denied that he has been trying to mediate in the Iran-Iraq war.