Continuing his tour of the Middle East, the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry?
Continuing his tour of the Middle East, the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger held talks on Saturday (March 2) with the leading Arab sovereigns, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and King Hussein of Jordan. The main purpose of his visit was to report on the progress of talks aimed at bringing about a disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces on the Syrian front.
Dr. Kissinger arrived in Riyadh direct from talks in the Syrian capital Damascus. Officials travelling with him said senior negotiators from both Syria and Israel would go to Washington within the next two weeks to continue peace moves.
In Riyadh, Dr. Kissinger had talks with the Saudi Interior Minister and Deputy Premier, Prince Fahd Ibn Abdulaziz, before attending an audience with King Faisal in the afternoon. Dr. Kissinger said afterwards that relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States were on a "firm and friendly basis and will be further strengthened in the months ahead".
Later on Saturday, Dr. Kissinger flew to the Jordanian capital Amman and was met by Prime Minister Zeid Al-Rifai. The U.S. Secretary of Sate was driven to the King's Palace for dinner with King Hussein, Crown Prince Hassan and the Prime Minister. He was dur to leave Amman on Sunday to fly to Bonn.