The United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, arrived in Jordan on his six-nation?
The United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, arrived in Jordan on his six-nation Middle East peace-seeking tour in the middle of allegations that the United States had been bribing King Hussein of Jordan for the past twenty years. The allegations, made in the Washington Post in the American capital by the same reporter that exposed the Watergate downfall of former President Richard Nixon, said the totalled millions of dollars.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Vance arrived in Jordan after visits to Israel, Egypt and Lebanon. The Washington Post report said King Hussein received three quarters of a million dollars last year alone from the United States Central Intelligence Agency -- the CIA -- for passing on security information and allowing CIA agents to operate freely in Jordan. A Jordanian spokesman immediately denied the reports.
Jordan is one of the focal points of Mr. Vance's tour, during which he is seeking to reconvene the 1973 Geneva peace conference. The move, backed by the Arab world, would centre on the establishment of a small Palestinian state on the West Bank of the Israeli-occupied River Jordan. The Palestinians have reportedly indicated their willingness to accept this. Their relations with Jordan suffered a blow in 1971 when King Hussein's troops pushed them out of Jordan in a bloody gun-battle.