The French Foreign Minister Louis De Guiringaud arrived in Amman, the Jordanian capital on Sunday (20 February) on the third leg of a tour of four Arab capitals.
GV Aircraft taxis in to Amman airport (2 shots)
SV Jordanian officials including Prime Minister Modar Badran (extreme right) waiting
SV Foreign Minister Guiringaud out of aircraft, greeted by M. Badran and others
LV & SV Party walk along red carpet through guard of honour to airport building (2 shots)
SCU INTERIOR M. Guiringaud and Badran enter room
SV & LV Guiringaud (left) speaking into microphone (2 shots)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Jordanian position is that if peace is to be achieved in the Middle East, Israel should withdraw from the Arab territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, and Palestinian rights should be restored.
The French consider it essential that a homeland for the Palestinians should be established on Palestinian land and M. De Guiringaud said his government was willing to offer any help possible if invited to do so.
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Background: The French Foreign Minister Louis De Guiringaud arrived in Amman, the Jordanian capital on Sunday (20 February) on the third leg of a tour of four Arab capitals.
SYNOPSIS: M. De Guiringaud has already visited Lebanon and Syria for talks on the current position in the Middle East. Waiting to greet him at Amman airport were Jordan's Prime Minister Modar Badran and other officials. The French Minister's visit came less than 24 hours after United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance had visited Jordan for talks with King Hussein on the possible reopening of the Geneva peace conference.
As well as the possible reconvening of the peace talks, M. Guiringaud was also due to discuss bilateral relations with the King and senior Jordanian officials. Mr Badran said he hoped M. De Guiringud's visit would help boost already good relations between Jordan and France. The French Foreign Minister later met Crown Prince Hassan and had a working lunch with King Hussein.
M. De Guiringaud said he hoped there would be progress this year towards a Middle East peace settlement and said Jordanian and French views on possible solutions were almost identical