President Nixon began the final stage of his five-nation Middle East tour when he arrived in Amman, the Jordanian capital, on Monday (17 June) for talks with king Hussein on the crucial Palestinian issue.
President Nixon began the final stage of his five-nation Middle East tour when he arrived in Amman, the Jordanian capital, on Monday (17 June) for talks with king Hussein on the crucial Palestinian issue. President Nixon wa due to spend 25-hours in Jordan. His talks with the king completed his picture of how the Middle Eastern Leaders view the prospects for a permanent peace.
King Hussein and Queen Alia - supported by thousands of their subjects - were at Amman Airport to give the Presidential party a warm welcome. The President was greeted by a 21-gun salute as he stepped from his aircraft. Then there was a march past by servicemen from the three armed forces. The President inspected a guard of honour provided by the British-trained Royal Jordanian Army as a squadron of F5 jet fighter flew overhead. The fighters were supplied by the United States - a close ally of Jordan for the last 15 years.
During has talks with President Nixon, King Hussein was expected to advocate an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordanian front - along the lines of the disengagements arranged with Egypt and Syria . Observers say the Jordanians feel separation of forces in this area is essential, if Jordan is to remain a party to the Geneva peace talks. The Jordanians see it as logical that they should recover the West bank of the Jordan River for the Arabs - and then its Palestinian inhabitants could decide if they wanted a Government of their own.