INTRODUCTION King Hussein of Jordan, who arrived for talks in the United States on Sunday (24 April), says he is not optimistic about the chances of achieving Middle East peace this year.
INTRODUCTION King Hussein of Jordan, who arrived for talks in the United States on Sunday (24 April), says he is not optimistic about the chances of achieving Middle East peace this year. In a recorded television interview transmitted as he arrived, King Hussein said he thought that at best, there was a long and difficult process ahead.
SYNOPSIS: The Hashemite monarch landed at Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington. He was met by U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, whose predecessor, Dr. Henry Kissinger, was also heavily involved in the issue. Mr Vance is just one of the leading politicians King Hussein was meeting during three days of talks. The King was also seeing President Jimmy Carter on Monday morning (25 April), and again in the evening.
The Jordanian head of state was also due to meet Vice-President Walter Mondale, and Defence Secretary Harold Brown. King Hussein is the second Arab leader to have talks with President Carter. He follows in the footsteps of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who went to Washington earlier this month. The talks with the Carter administration were expected to focus on the chances of resuming the Geneva Middle East peace conference this year.
One thing King Hussein was wanting to know is exactly what President Carter meant when he spoke recently of the need for a homeland for Palestinian refugees.