King Hussein of Jordan, who's been in Paris on an official visit for talks with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, says there's still a danger of a new war breaking out in the Middle East.
GVS EXTERIOR: Guard of honour at Elysee Palace preparing for arrival of king Hussein of Jordan (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Hussein inspecting guard of honour and entering Palace
SV: Guards marching past camera
SVS INTERIOR PAN: Hussein and French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing at conference table (TWO SHOTS)
SVS EXTERIOR: Hussein leaving Place after talks, shaking hands with Giscard d'Estaing; getting into car; and car away
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Background: King Hussein of Jordan, who's been in Paris on an official visit for talks with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, says there's still a danger of a new war breaking out in the Middle East. And whether he was still pessimistic about prospects for a peaceful settlement in the area, he said it was a question of being realistic-and he trusted everyone realised there was a danger of war.
SYNOPSIS: The King arrived at the presidential Elysee Palace in the French capital to the same full military honours as he received at Only Airport outside Paris, where he was greeted by President Giscard d'Estaing. The two leaders held the first talks of the Jordanian monarch's two-day visit on their way from the airport to the Place.
France was the first Western nation to recognise the Palestinian's right to a homeland and King Hussein, backed by several other Arab heads of state, has been pressing for any such homeland to be linked with Jordan. Talks about the problem were a major feature of the talks between the two leaders.
After their talks, King Hussein said he was satisfied they were constructive. He praised Frence's attitude towards the Middle East, but did warn that the conflicts in the area remained a matter of "constant and serious concern of all counties". Meanwhile, Reuter reports that the King's main objective during his visit is to enlist France's support in a pan-Arab campaign to halt the spread of Jewish settlements on the Israeli-occupied West Bank.