§ The Prime Minister
I had a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Syria, Mr. Farouk al-Shara', on 3 March, at which we discussed the Arab-Israel problem and other regional issues as well as terrorism. I sought the continued help of the Syrian Government in securing the release of Mr. Alec Collett held hostage in the Lebanon.
Mr. Shara' also met my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and was left in no doubt about the strong feelings in this country on the question of human rights in Syria.