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Musavi in Damascus for Talks

October 19, 1987

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) _ Iranian Prime Minister Hussein Musavi and a high-ranking delegation arrived Sunday for official talks with Syrian officials on bilateral and Persian Gulf developments.

Musavi and the group were accorded an official welcome by Syrian Prime Minister Abdel-Raouf al-Kasm, Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa and other Cabinet ministers, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said.

It said discussions were to cover ″all fields of cooperation between Syria and Iran.″ It did not elaborate.

Syria is Iran’s Arab ally in the 7-year-old Iran-Iraq war. Musavi’s visit comes a few days after Syria announced that President Hafez Assad will attend an emergency Arab summit conference set for Nov. 8 in Jordan.

SANA said the two prime ministers drove in an official motorcade to the al- Raouda palace to begin the talks. It gave no other details.

Musavi was accompanied by his deputy for political affairs, Ali-Reza Moayyeri, minister of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mohsen Rafiq- Dost, and acting Foreign Minister Ali Mohammed Besharati, as well as other officials.

Moayyeri visited Damascus four days ago, after Syria announced it would participate in an emergency Arab summit meeting.

Conservative Arab states have been trying to reconcile Iraq and Syria and lure Damascus away from Tehran. The summit is expected to provide an opportunity for such effort.

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