President Hafez al-Assad of Syria arrived in the East German capital, East Berlin, on Sunday (1 October) at the street of a tour of Eastern Europe to seek support against Egypt's peace negotiations with Israel.
SV PAN Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and party down steps of plane at East Berlin airport.
SV Crowd with banners and flags greeting Assad.
SV Assad walking from plane surrounded by officials and newsmen.
SV Guard of honour.
SV Assad standing with East German Head of State Erich Honecker.
GV PAN Assad and Honecker inspecting guard of honour.
SV PAN Assad and Honecker walk past crowd and wave, acknowledging applause. (4 SHOTS)
CU Syrian flags and banners.
SV Assad watching as he drives away. (3 SHOTS)
President Assad later delivered a speech during an official dinner on the first day of his East German visit, during which he fiercely condemned the Camp David accord and said the Front would oppose the terms of the Egyptian-Israeli agreement. The East German Head of State, Erich Honecker, answered the speech by pledging his country's support for the decisions made by the Front during the Damascus meeting and describing the Camp David talks as a factor which had made "the Middle East situation even more dangerous".
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Background: President Hafez al-Assad of Syria arrived in the East German capital, East Berlin, on Sunday (1 October) at the street of a tour of Eastern Europe to seek support against Egypt's peace negotiations with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: President Assad was given a full military welcome at Schoenefeld Airport. He was accompanied by his wife Anisa, Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam, Economic and Foreign Trade Minister, Mohammed al-Imadi and the Deputy Premier for Economic Affairs, Kamil Shayya. It was the Syrian leader's first visit to East Germany Head of State, Erich Honecker. The Syrian delegation is expected to spend four days in East Berlin, before visiting other East European countries.
The visit was planned before Egypt and Israel agreed on a framework for peace during the Camp David talks in the United States. Syria leads the Arab Front for Steadfastness and Confrontation, opposed to all peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel. During a recent conference in Damascus to discuss the Camp David proposals, the five Front members - Syria, Algeria, the Libyan Jamahiriyah, South Yemen and the Palestine Liberation Organisation - decided to seek closer ties with the Soviet Union and its allies. President Assad's tour is seen as the first attempt to gain Soviet support for the Front's policies.