King Faisal of Saudi Arabia pursued his current Middle East mission when he flew to Tunis yesterday (Tuesday, June 12).
GV Airliner taxiing
SV Welcoming committee
SV Faisal and party off aircraft, King greeted by Bourguiba (2 shots)
SV Both across tarmac
CU Flag PAN TO King and President on dais (2 shots)
SCU Faisal and Bourguiba past honour guard (2 shots)
SCU King being introduced to officials
GV Both surrounded by newsmen
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Background: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia pursued his current Middle East mission when he flew to Tunis yesterday (Tuesday, June 12). During the past week, the King had already discussed the Middle East situation in Morocco and Algeria.
In Tunis, he was greeted by President Habib Bourguiba and the two heads of state had soon embarked on their first round of talks -- expected to concentrate on bilateral affairs as well as the Middle East situation.
At a dinner given in King Faisal's honour later on Tuesday, President Bourguiba deplored the "permanent deterioration" of the Middle East situation. Both leaders called on Arab States to carry out their duty to protect the Palestinian revolution.
SYNOPSIS: Tunisian leaders waited to great King Faisal on Tuesday. The Saudi Arabian monarch was completing his tour of the three Maghreb states, which had already taken him to Morocco and Algeria during the previous week to discuss latest developments in the Middle East situation. President Habib Bourguiba led the Tunisian reception.
Later the same day, the two heads of state were to begin their first round of talks, expected to concentrate on bilateral relations as well as Middle East affairs. There was some indication of their attitudes at a dinner that evening, when President Bourguiba deplored a permanent deterioration in the Middle East situation and called on all Arab countries to protect the Palestinian revolution.
King Faisal agreed that it was the duty of all Arab countries to support the Palestinian cause. "We must present a common front by banishing all form of discord and disagreement," he said.