The Algerian President, Houari Boumedienne, arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday (22 July), for his second round of talks within four days with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
SV Algerian President Houari Boumedienne steps down from plane and is greeted by Syrian President Hafez al-Assad
SV President Boumedienne and President Assad walking across tarmac to waiting motorcade (2 shots)
GV Airport building and two presidents seated for talks (2 shots)
GV Airport building
SV Car arrives at airport. Both presidents leave car
CU Presidents walk across tarmac, embrace and shake hands. Boumedienne walks to aircraft
CU President Assad waving
LV president Boumedienne up steps of plane and waving
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Background: The Algerian President, Houari Boumedienne, arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday (22 July), for his second round of talks within four days with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
SYNOPSIS: President Boumedienne was greeted at Damascus Airport by President Assad and a number of Syrian government ministers -- including the Prime Minister, Mohammed Ali Al-Halabi, and the Minister of Defence, Major-General Mustapha Tlas. Several members of the Algerian Embassy were also in the welcoming party.
Unlike their previous meeting last Tuesday (18 July) the two leaders did not move to the Presidential Palace, but stayed in the airport terminal conference room where their talks lasted little more than an hour.
As was the case last week, the talks were unannounced and afterwards no official reason was given for their being held. President Boumedienne made the visit following the close of the Organisation of African Unity summit conference in Khartoum where he was involved in heavy exchanges over the Western Sahara dispute. During the summit he also had the opportunity to talk with leaders of other Arab countries, which, like Algeria and Syria, belong to the group of "rejectionist" states -- countries opposed to attempt by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to find a peace settlement with Israel.