The United Nations Secretary-General, Dr Kurt Waldheim, began a nine-day tour of five Middle East countries when he visited Damascus, the capital of Syria on Monday (27 August) -- his first visit to the Middle East since he became United Nations Secretary General in January, 1972.
GV Waldheim walks towards Saladdin's tomb.
SV Waldheim looks at tomb (3 shots)
SV Waldheim meets President Assad.
MV & CU Waldheim and Assad seated
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SV Guard of Honour
SV Waldheim enters airport building.
DR WALDHEIM VISITING OMAYYAD MOSQUE: LOOKING AT SALADDIN'S TOMB: TALKING WITH PRESIDENT ASSAD: ARRIVING AT BEIRUT AIRPORT:GUARD OF HONOUR: DR WALDHEIM ENTERING AIRPORT BUILDING.
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Background: The United Nations Secretary-General, Dr Kurt Waldheim, began a nine-day tour of five Middle East countries when he visited Damascus, the capital of Syria on Monday (27 August) -- his first visit to the Middle East since he became United Nations Secretary General in January, 1972.
His main objective will be to have formal discussions with Arab and Israeli leaders on the deadlock between them in the areas. During his two days in Damascus, he had talks with President Haiex Al-Assed and the Deputy Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister.
He flew on to Beirut where he had talks with the Lebanese Prime Minister, Mr Takeddin Al-Solh.
The other countries Dr Waldheim will visit are Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and Jordan.
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations Secretary General, Dr Kurt Waldheim, managed to fit in some sightseeing during his two-day visit to Syria on Tuesday. He was in Damascus on the first stop of a nine-day tour of five Middle East countries. In Syria he had talks with President Hafez Al Assad at the Republican Palace, following a ninety-minute meeting with the Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. It was Dr Waldheim's first visit to the Middle East since he took office in January, 1972. During his tour he'll discuss the Middle East situation with Arab and Israeli leaders. So far he's said his talks have been fruitful and frank.
His next stop was Beirut, the Lebanese capital, where he was greeted by the Foreign Minister, Mr Fuad Naffah. He's scheduled to meet government leaders including Prime Minister Takeddin Al-Solh while in the Lebanon but there has been speculation that he may also see Palestinian leaders.