King Hussein of Jordan has been visiting Cairo in an effort to mediate between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his hardline Arab critics.
King Hussein of Jordan has been visiting Cairo in an effort to mediate between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his hardline Arab critics. Before flying to Egypt, King Hussein held talks in Damascus with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, but according to local observers was unable to alter President Assad's view that Mr Sadat's visit to Jerusalem last month amounted to a surrender.
SYNOPSIS: King Hussein and President Sadat met at the Kubbeh Palace in Cairo on Thursday (8 December). They talked for two hours and afterwards the official Middle East News Agency quoted the king as saying that the Sadat initiative 'aims at establishing a just and durable peace in the region'. King Hussein is taking a neutral stand on peace moves with Israel and it is not yet known if Mr Sadat succeeded in persuading him to attend the Cairo peace conference due to open next week.
Immediately after King Hussein's visit, United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance is expected in Cairo, on the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also take him to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.