AMMAN, Jordan — Iraq and Syria agreed to seek an end to their long enmity, but Syria did not pledge to stop supporting non-Arab Iran in the seven-year-old Persian Gulf war, sources at the Arab League summit here said Tuesday.
Syria also said it would veto any attempt to readmit Egypt to the Arab League, which suspended Egypt's membership because of Cairo's 1979 peace treaty with Israel. That appeared to be Syrian President Hafez Assad's price for whatever contribution he makes to Arab pressure on Iran to accept a U.N. call for a cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq War, which began in September, 1980.
Akram Barakat, an official spokesman for the 21-nation summit, said Assad and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq made their pledge to reconcile at a meeting Monday night. King Hussein of Jordan was the host and other key Arab leaders attended.
Barakat said the meeting marked "a positive start to a new era of brotherly relations between Syria and Iraq."
"God willing, good news will emerge as a result of this reconciliation for the best interests of both peoples and for the benefit of the Arab nation as a whole," declared Barakat, who heads Jordan's information office in Washington.