United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Alfred Atherton, met King Hussein of Jordan in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Saturday (28 January), and briefed him on American efforts to close the gap between Egypt and Israel over a Middle East peace settlement.
CU INT. Amman: King Hussein of Jordan seated. PAN TO United States Assistant-Secretary of State, Alfred Atherton talking to the King at the Army Headquarters.
GV Atherton speaking to King Hussein.
CU King Hussein
SV Atherton out of building and shakes hands with Chief of the Royal Court Abdul Hamid Sharaf. Then walks to car. (3 shots)
SCV King Hussein leaves building and is interviewed by newsmen.
SV PAN King Hussein drives off.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Did Mr. Atherton have any encouraging news for you about the negotiations?"
SEQ. 5: HUSSEIN: "Well, I am very pleased to have this opportunity to welcome him were because (indistinct)... message of greetings from the President and Secretary of State, and he was kind enough to give us a general idea about developments in the recent talks, which obviously is of very great interest to us."
REPORTER: "Your Majesty did you discuss the proposed declaration of principles that he has been working on in Jerusalem?"
HUSSEIN: "He gave us a general idea about how things are progressing, and beyond that I don't care to comment at this stage."
REPORTER: "Did he indicate that it was near success on this statement of principles, sir?"
HUSSEIN: (REPLY INDISTINCT)
REPORTER: "Were you encouraged your Majesty that perhaps that before long you could enter into the peace process?"
HUSSEIN: "At this stage obviously there is still quite a bit of ground to be covered, It's fairly obvious, and I think Mr. Atherton is in a better position to answer you, than myself. Thank you."
REPORTER: "Thank you very much".
Mr. Atherton left Amman on Sunday (29 January) after a two-day visit and returned to Jerusalem. He is expected to go to Cairo on Monday (30 January) and then he is due to return to the United States for President Carter's talks with President Sadat at Camp David on February the 4th and 5th.
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Background: United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Alfred Atherton, met King Hussein of Jordan in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Saturday (28 January), and briefed him on American efforts to close the gap between Egypt and Israel over a Middle East peace settlement. Mr. Atherton also delivered a message to King Hussein from United States President Jimmy Carter.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Atherton's meeting with King Hussein was in the Army Headquarters in Amman, and came as the United States was preparing to intensify its efforts to break the deadlock paralysing Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's Middle East peace initiative.
Mr. Atherton flew to Amman from Jerusalem, and he was able to brief King Hussein on the latest attempts being made to word a declaration of principles for a peace settlement.
The main reason for the Assistant Secretary of State being in the Jordanian capital was said to be the need to brief United States envoys in the area. His meeting with King Hussein was described as a courtesy call, and the King later spoke to newsmen about it.
London's `O server' newspaper quotes United States sources as saying that King Hussein is unlikely to declare his position until after agreement on a declaration of principles.