Tuesday (12 March) was a busy day for Jordan's King Hussein, who is on an unofficial visit to the United States for talks with President Nixon and Secretary of State Dr.
Tuesday (12 March) was a busy day for Jordan's King Hussein, who is on an unofficial visit to the United States for talks with President Nixon and Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. First on the King's agenda was a conference at the White House with President Nixon, followed by a luncheon meeting with Dr. Kissinger, and a dinner in the Jordanian leader' honour by Vice-President Gerald Ford.
On Wednesday (13 March) King Hussein was expected to press his bid for more economic and military aid from the United States in a meeting with members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. After the King's White House meeting, the Presidential spokesman, Mr. Ronald Ziegler, told reporters:
"We have an ongoing assistance relationship (with Jordan) and this is reviewed periodically."
King Hussein, who is a frequent visitor to Washington, was believed to be seeking the supply of surface-to-air missiles and other weaponry, but the whole Middle East situation was also a chief topic during his meeting with US officials. While Jordan was not a direct participant in the most recent Middle East confrontations, it was understood that President Nixon and Dr. Kissinger wanted the King's assessment of the Arab-Israeli situation.
On Thursday King Hussein will confer with the US Defence Secretary, James Schlesinger, and on Friday with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Transcript of King Hussein's remarks included on film.