The President of the People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen Abdul Fattah Ismail arrived in Algeria on Sunday (21 May) on an official visit at the invitation of the Algerian President Chadli Benjedid.
GV: Algerian and South Yemeni flags at Algiers Airport.
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MV: band playing
MV: People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen President Abdul Fattach Ismail and party descent from aircraft and greeted by Algerian President, Chadli Benjedid (white hair) and officials, (2 shots)
MV: brass section of band
CU: two Presidents on rostrum
MV: Guard of Honour
LV: Presidents on rostrum standing to attention before guard of honour
MV: Presidents accompanied by aides walking past guard of honour of meet important officials (3 shots)
MV: Presidents walking along red carpet to airport building.
The neighbouring states of North and South Yemen are to merge following years of border conflict. The Arab League intervened in March to enforce a cease-fire after weeks of fighting between the two states. Peace negotiations resulted in an agreement to implement the 1972 Cairo treaty which pledged unity between North and South Yemen. Within four months of the agreement the merger will take place and Sanaa, the present capital of North Yemen, will become the unified state's capital and North Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh will become the leader of the new united Yemen.
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Background: The President of the People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen Abdul Fattah Ismail arrived in Algeria on Sunday (21 May) on an official visit at the invitation of the Algerian President Chadli Benjedid.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first visit by an Arab Head of State to Algeria since the death of former President Houari Boumedienne in December. There was an enthusiastic reception awaiting the South Yemeni leader at Algiers airport.
President Abdul-Fattah Ismail was accompanied by a party of high-ranking Yemeni officials, and the delegation was welcomed by President Chadli and members of Algeria's ruling Revolutionary Council. The two countries are closely allied on foreign policy and belong to the group of hard-lone "Rejectionist" Arab states opposed to the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Both countries have withdrawn diplomatic representation from Cairo and have advocated the imposition of a trade embargo on Egypt.
Algerian newspaper described the ties between Algeria and South Yemen as extremely strong. Comparisons were drawn between the Algerian war of independence against the French and the fighting in the former British colony of Aden which resulted in the declaration of the independent state of South Yemen in 1967. Algeria has made substantial financial investments in the South Yemeni oil industry and the two countries have close trade links. The two Presidents were believed to have discussed the latest situation in the Middle East with particular reference to the Egyptian-israeli accord.