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    The Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr Andrei Gromyko, has reportedly assured Syria that Moscow will supply it with more sophisticated weapons.

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    GV ZOOM INTO SV Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko descending steps of aircraft, being greeted by Syrian officials
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    SV INTERIOR Mr Gromyko entering conference room
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    SV Mr Gromyko talking across conference table
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    SV Mr Gromyko conferring with officials at table (2 shots)
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    Background: The Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr Andrei Gromyko, has reportedly assured Syria that Moscow will supply it with more sophisticated weapons. Mr Gromyko began a three-day visit to Syria on Sunday (27 January) as many parts of the Arab world were denouncing the Soviet Union for its military intervention in Afghanistan.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr Gromyko arrived in the capital of Damascus the same day that Syrian President Hafez al-Assad returned from talks with King Khaled in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis have led the anti-Soviet outcries int he region. Reuters news agency quoted Syrian diplomatic sources as saying they believed President Assad has asked the Saudis to tone down their criticism of the Soviet presence in Afghanistan Mr Gromyko told the Syrians that Moscow backed the Arab struggle against Israel.

    Mr Gromyko was also to criticise the United States, saying that Washington was responsible for the troubles of the Arab world. Diplomatic sources said his remarks were an attempt to refocus attention in the region on the American-sponsored peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, which the Arab world has condemned. The Soviet Union provides most of the arms for the Syrian Army.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8BLUCV8ZNUK9G0JO3MVT9OAOY
    Media URN:
    VLVA8BLUCV8ZNUK9G0JO3MVT9OAOY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
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    N/A

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