The Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, and the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. henry Kissinger,?
The Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, and the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. henry Kissinger, continued diplomatic negotiations with Arab leaders on the Middle East situation on Sunday (5 May).
Mr. Gromyko held talks in Damascus with Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad. Mr. Gromyko arrived shortly after the departure of Dr. Kissinger who flew to Jerusalem then on to Amman for talks with Jordan's King Hussein.
President Assad was reported to have given Mr. Gromyko a briefing on his talks with Dr. Kissinger about an accord for a disengagement of forces along the Golan Heights front.
An official statement said the Soviet-Syrian talks centred on the necessity of a full israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab lands, recognition of the rights or the Palestinian people, and Syrian-Soviet relations.
Meanwhile in Amman, Dr. Kissinger held talks with King Hussein about the prospects for military disengagement agreement between Israel and Jordan---the third front of the Middle East conflict.
The talks -- held at the Basman Palace--dealt with Dr. Kissinger's talks with the Syrians, as well as the question of Jordan's role in an overall settlement.
Doctor Kissinger was believed to be working towards the creation of some kind of Palestinian state--a proposal previously rejected by Israel, Jordan and much of the Palestinian commando movement.
Other topics at the talks included bilateral relations and U.S. aid to Jordan, which President Nixon wants to increase.
Among the officials at the talks were Prince Mohammed, King Hussein's brother, Prime Minister Zeid Al-Rifai and Major-General Zeid Ben Shaker, the Army Chief of Staff.
Dr. Kissinger was accompanied by his wife, Nancy, who visited Queen Alia in hospital to congratulate her on her new baby girl.
Dr. Kissinger was to return to Damascus to meet Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko. But on Monday (6 May), the American Secretary of State announced he would met mr. Gromyko in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday (7 May).