DAMASCUS, Syria — President Hafez Assad of Syria pledged unqualified support for Libya if it is attacked by the United States again, making the vow in a joint communique issued today after his two-day visit to the North African nation.
Assad returned home Monday night.
His summit with Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi coincided with U.S. warnings that America is prepared to strike anew against Libya if Kadafi sponsors terrorist attacks and with joint U.S.-Egyptian air and naval maneuvers in the Mediterranean. (Story on Page 9.)
U.S. jets bombed the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi on April 15 to destroy what Washington said were terrorist command centers in retaliation for the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque in which two U.S. soldiers and a Turkish woman were killed.
The statement said the two leaders had agreed that "abortive, barbaric aggression" by the United States against Libya last April constituted a "dangerous precedent which humanity has never experienced before, as well as (being) the climax of state terrorism."