The President of Algeria, Mr. Houari Boumedienne, arrived in Jordan on Tuesday (10 January) on?
The President of Algeria, Mr. Houari Boumedienne, arrived in Jordan on Tuesday (10 January) on the ninth leg of his tour of Middle East Countries. The Algerian president was seeking support for the "Rejectionist Front", the group of hardline Arab countries opposed to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace initiatives.
SYNOPSIS: On arrival at the military airport in the Jordanian capital, Amman, President Boumedienne was greeted by Jordan's leader, King Hussein. It was the first time that an Algerian leader had over visited Jordan.
The two leaders had much in common to talk about. Only a few weeks before, King Hussein had made a similar Middle East tour, visiting several of the same countries President Boumedienne had been to. Those countries included the Gulf states which like Jordan have taken a neutral position on the peace moves initiated by President Sadat.
A march past by Jordanian troops opened the President's visit which lasted only five hours. During that time, however, he and King Hussein had a full session of talks on the current opposition by Algeria, the Libyan Jamahiriyah, the Yemen People's Democratic Republic, and Syria to the Egyptian-Israeli peace talks.
Afterwards King Hussein did not reveal whether or not President Boumedienne had persuaded him to join the four countries in their "Rejectionist Front". But he has said publicly that solidarity in the Arab world is more important than any international meeting.