King Hussein of Jordan went to the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday (25 April), where he dined with President Giscard d'Estaing.
King Hussein of Jordan went to the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday (25 April), where he dined with President Giscard d'Estaing. The King had arrived in France the previous day at the start of a private visit which is scheduled to last about five days.
When he arrived at Orly Airport on Thursday, the King had been greeted by the French Minister of the Interior, M. Michel Poniatowski, and the ambassadors in Paris of several Arab countries.
No statement was issued after his visit to President Giscard d'Estaining on Friday, but the King told newsmen when he left the Elysee Palace, that he hoped his visit had opened the doors for further cooperation and contracts between their two countries.
The King's visit takes place just before an official visit to France by the Israeli Foreign Minster, Mr. Yigal Allon, which is due to start on Monday (28 April). Earlier this week, Mr. Allon had said that Israel was ready to consider all options for reviving Middle East peace efforts, including a resumption of the Geneva Peace Conference. He was speaking to newsmen on his return from the United States, where he had discussed the Middle East situation and American-Israeli relations with the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger.
The day before his return to Israel, the Soviet Union and Egypt had jointly called for the reopening of the Geneva Conference as soon as possible. The last session was held in December 1973. It was chaired jointly by the Soviet Union and the United States, and attended by Egypt, Israel and Jordan.