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    Jordanian Prime Minister Zeid al Rifai met U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger for?

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    GV PAN FROM State department

    GV Kissinger speaks Jordanian Prime Minister speaks (SAME SHOT)

    KISSINGER: "My friend the Prime Minister and I had a very useful, very constructive, very positive talk. I expressed the United States' interest in progress in Jordanian-Israeli negotiations, which we had previously already discussed with the Israeli Foreign Minister Allon when he was here last week, and we discussed some principles and approaches which we will in time take up with Israel after we've had further discussions with the Prime Minister and maybe with his Majesty."

    AL RIFAI: "I wish to confirm what Dr. Kissinger has just said. We've had a very useful and constructive meeting. We discussed the next moves that should be made towards the achievement of a lasting and durable peace in the Middle East. We believe that the next move in that process towards peace should be a disengagement agreement between Jordan and Israel. We will continue discussions and I might add here that I personally am quite optimistic and have come out of this first meeting with Dr. Kissinger quite encouraged."

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    Background: Jordanian Prime Minister Zeid al Rifai met U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger for talks in Washington yesterday (6 Aug.). They expressed optimism about prospects for a settlement int he Middle East.

    Last week Israeli Foreign Minster Yigal Allon declared Israel's willingness to make "fair compromise" with its neighbors, provided it could keep borders necessary for its defence.

    Mr. Rifai told reporters he believed the first move towards peace should be the withdrawal by Israel of some of its forces from the West Bank of the Suez canal, and territories which Israel captured after the 1967 war.

    Dr. Kissinger called the talks "positive", "constructive", and "useful". He hopes to meet King Hussein of Jordan in the next few days.

    SYNOPSIS: Jordanian Prime Minister Zeid al Rifai and United Stated States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger met in Washington on Wednesday for talks on the Middle East. Later they spoke to reporters:

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