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February 3, 1985 | From Reuters
Kuwait's foreign minister, Sheik Sabah Ahmed Sabah, arrived here Saturday for talks with Syrian President Hafez Assad.
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January 16, 2007
Re "Former aide criticizes Carter," Jan. 13 Kenneth W. Stein's complaints seem rather suspect. For example, his notes on the meeting with former Syrian President Hafez Assad, as cited in the article, do not contradict, nor are they inconsistent with, President Carter's assertion that Assad was willing to negotiate on the Golan Heights. His other cited criticisms are caused by having a different recollection of the Assad meeting, which took place 17 years ago. I venture to say that you take any meeting, even if the participants took notes, and 17 years later they will have different impressions of what was and was not said.
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NEWS
December 26, 1985 | From Reuters
King Hussein of Jordan will go to Damascus on Saturday, capping an Arab League-mediated rapprochement between the two neighbors, diplomatic sources said today. It would be the first visit between the Jordanian monarch and Syrian President Hafez Assad in 10 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2000
We learn from The Times' June 1 editorial that Israel drove the Syrian army out of Lebanon in 1982. The U.S. government (probably a reference to President George Bush) allowed them back in as a price to get them to join our alliance against Iraq in the Gulf War. In other words, we gave up Lebanon in order to save Kuwait. In retrospect that doesn't sound like such a good deal. Syrian President Hafez Assad probably hoodwinked Bush. We didn't need Syrian compliance. We didn't have to give up Lebanon's sovereignty in order to restore the questionable sovereignty of Kuwait.
NEWS
June 19, 1985 | United Press International
Syrian President Hafez Assad flew to Moscow today for talks on the Middle East peace with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Tass press agency said. Assad and Gorbachev agreed during their meeting that a separate Palestinian state is the key to peace in the region, Tass said.
NEWS
August 5, 1993
France has expelled a nephew of Syrian President Hafez Assad, declaring him undesirable, the Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday. Ribal Assad, son of the Syrian leader's brother Rifaat, was ordered to leave because of "his behavior for the past few months."
NEWS
June 30, 1986
California Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) delivered a letter to Syrian President Hafez Assad from 251 U.S. legislators requesting help in freeing Americans held hostage in Lebanon. After meeting in Damascus with Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh, Dornan said he obtained a pledge that Syria will do all it can to help. Five Americans are believed held by kidnapers in Lebanon.
NEWS
December 30, 1985 | United Press International
Syrian President Hafez Assad opened talks today with Jordan's King Hussein, crowning Saudi Arabia's efforts to end a 6-year-old rift between the two nations, Damascus radio said. The two leaders, accompanied by Syrian Prime Minister Abdel-Raouf Kasm and his Jordanian counterpart, Zaid Rifai, began their discussions on Middle East developments at the Guest Palace in Damascus, the Syrian capital.
NEWS
December 12, 1985 | Associated Press
King Hussein of Jordan has accepted an invitation to visit Syria for the first time since 1979, it was announced Wednesday. The announcement indicated that a three-month-old effort at reconciliation between Hussein and Syrian President Hafez Assad is gaining strength. Syrian Premier Abdel-Raouf Kasm announced Hussein's acceptance at the end of a 27-hour visit here--the first by a Syrian premier in six years.
NEWS
May 18, 1986 | United Press International
Israel has mobilized 27,000 men and 1,800 tanks to attack Syrian troops in Lebanon, and Syrian President Hafez Assad secretly visited Moscow last week to discuss the buildup, newspapers in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait said Saturday. Abu Dhabi's Al Ittihad newspaper said it had obtained a secret report on an Israeli plan to attack the Syrians in Lebanon. Israel recently has accused Syria of supporting international terrorism, including the attempted bombing of an El Al Israel Airlines jet in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2000
Geoffrey Aronson's interesting commentary ("Back to 1967, and Put It in Writing," Jan. 21) is a confirmation of the fact that the Israeli government should approach any negotiations regarding any transference of administration of the Golan Heights to the Syrian dictatorship with great caution. Aronson writes that Syrian President Hafez Assad is "in no hurry." If so, why should Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak be hurried? While exactly what the future holds is seldom clear, the uncertainty of the current situation begs a slow approach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1996
Few, if any, of the current news stories on Syrian President Hafez Assad's rejection of Israel's peace overtures remind readers that Assad has played a cat-and-mouse game with Israel and the United States for years. None of us should forget that during former Prime Ministers Rabin's and Peres' administrations, when the land-for-peace formula was a fundamental principle of Israel's negotiating posture, Assad also rejected every Israeli peace overture. Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a different approach, Assad would have us believe that it is Israel that isn't serious about achieving peace with Syria.
NEWS
October 23, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
A second batch of Palestinians stranded aboard a Cypriot ferry since their expulsion from Libya boarded a Syrian navy ship early today to begin their trip to Syria. The ship Al Assad docked at Larnaca at 2:30 a.m. alongside the Countess M, which had carried more than 650 Palestinians--332 of them children under the age of 10--since their expulsion from Libya on Oct. 13. Palestinians aboard Countess M, jubilant at the new ship's arrival, welcomed it with music and songs.
NEWS
January 18, 1994 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
DAMASCUS, Syria--For years, Faraj Mousa Mamroud has been a fixture at the Ibn Maimoun School in the heart of the Jewish quarter of old Damascus. He is like the chairs he repairs, the doors he re-hinges and the floors he sweeps each day. At 46, Mamroud the janitor is part of the very fabric of the only Jewish school left in Syria--indeed, of the dwindling community it serves. But last week, Mamroud's life changed forever.
NEWS
August 5, 1993
France has expelled a nephew of Syrian President Hafez Assad, declaring him undesirable, the Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday. Ribal Assad, son of the Syrian leader's brother Rifaat, was ordered to leave because of "his behavior for the past few months."
NEWS
March 14, 1991 | Times Wire Services
Secretary of State James A. Baker III's meetings with Syrian President Hafez Assad aim to persuade Syria to join efforts for peace with Israel and the Mideast. But a record of terrorism in Syria poses problems: WHAT BAKER WANTS FROM SYRIA In addition to peace with Israel, Baker wants: * Syria to help obtain freedom for 6 Americans and other Western hostages held by radicals in a Syrian-dominated part of Lebanon. * Syria to contribute troops to a peacekeeping force in the Gulf.
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March 14, 1991 | Times Wire Services
Secretary of State James A. Baker III's meetings with Syrian President Hafez Assad aim to persuade Syria to join efforts for peace with Israel and the Mideast. But a record of terrorism in Syria poses problems: WHAT BAKER WANTS FROM SYRIA In addition to peace with Israel, Baker wants: * Syria to help obtain freedom for 6 Americans and other Western hostages held by radicals in a Syrian-dominated part of Lebanon. * Syria to contribute troops to a peacekeeping force in the Gulf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1991
As usual, The Times editorial ("Is Syria Somehow Serious?" Feb. 15), which chides Syria for its "third party" diplomatic effort to convey to Israel that Syria is willing to recognize Israel, omits some significant information. The principal fact that the editorial omits is the Israeli response to the Syrian overture: a deliberately malevolent and malicious rejection. Israeli government response was to inform the Israeli colonists who live in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that Israel would never relinquish control of the territory back to Syria.
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