Jordan's King Hussein and the Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad discussed the Middle East situation in Damascus on Friday (27 February).
MV President Al-Assad and Prime Minster Ayoubi waiting for King Hussein
MV Helicopter lands
MV Hussein steps from helicopter and greeted by delegation
MV Hussein and delegation walk across tarmac and get into car (2 shots)
GV Hussein (centre), Al-Assad seated and talking
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Background: Jordan's King Hussein and the Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad discussed the Middle East situation in Damascus on Friday (27 February).
The King paid a surprise six-hour visit on the eve of his departure on a world tour. Officials said he and President Al-Assad had held talks on the "continuous progress in steps to establish full co-ordination between Syria and Jordan".
They also reviewed the situation in the Arab region and discussed Middle East developments "in light of plots to liquidate the Palestine case. Means and ways of facing these plots were considered".
The two countries are known to be working closely on integration in the political, economic, cultural and other fields, in addition to setting up a untied front against Israel.
The officials said the Heads of State also reviewed the situation in Lebanon "in the light of efforts made by Syria to resort normal life to that country". Syrian mediation had helped put an end to over nine months of civil war in Lebanon that resulted in thousands of casualties.
The talks by the two leaders were attended by the Jordanian and Syrian Premiers, Mr. Zeid Al-Rifai and Mr. Mahmoud Al-Ayoubi, and Syria's Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdel-Halim Khaddam.
The Jordanian monarch was accompanied by his wife, Queen Alia.
The King later left on a tour of Australia, Japan, Mexico and the United States.