Visit of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, to Syria
End production: 25/02/2009 First transmission: 25/02/2009
Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, made a trip to the Middle East from 24 to 28 February 2009, to prepare the international conference in support of the Palestinian economy and the reconstruction of Gaza, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh on 2 March 2009. He visited Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
On 24 and 25 February, he was in Damascus, Syria, where he met with Farouk Al-Sharaa, Vice-President of Syria, Abdullah al-Dardari, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, and Walid al Muallem, Syrian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||View of Damascus
||Cutaway of cameramen
||Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, meeting with Farouk Al-Sharaa, Vice-President of Syria (6 shots)
||Javier Solana meeting with Abdullah al-Dardari, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs (7 shots)
||Statement by Abdullah al-Dardari (in ARABIC)
Javier Solana (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a pleasure to be in Syria again; saying that the meeting had to do with bilateral relations between Syria and the European Union, but also with regional problems; the EU has been engaged; they think that Syria can play an important role, it is an important country; the reason why they come so often is because they want to put in symphony their way of looking at the regional problems; it is very important that in 2009 they are able to create a dynamic that will move the peace process that for them is comprehensive in itself but it has to include all the tracks; that is what they are trying to do with this visit; they are going to be in Cairo on 2 March at the Donors Conference; it will be very important with 18 countries participating; Syria will be present, the EU will be present, and they would like this conference to be a success in particular for the people in Gaza and the people in Palestine.
||Views of Damascus (7 shots)
||Javier Solana meeting with Walid al Muallem, Syrian Minister for Foreign Affairs (4 shots)
||Views of the press conference (3 shots)
||Javier Solana (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU supports the efforts to construct a consensual government, and they would like very much to see that realised; this would be very important politically but also economically; the summit in Sharm el-Sheikh will be very important in order to expend properly the money in reconstruction; it is also important that the dialogue intra-Palestine comes to a good end.
||Javier Solana leaving