United States' Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger arrived in Jordan on Friday (11 October)?
United States' Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger arrived in Jordan on Friday (11 October) night as part of his latest whirlwind peace-making tour of the Middle East.
Immediately on arrival at Amman, the country's capital, he consulted with Jordanian monarch King Hussein.
On Saturday (12 October) Dr. Kissinger journeyed to the southern port of Aquaba for a second round of talks with King Hussein.
On his way to Aqaba, the United States' envoy stopped off to visit the spectacular 'lost city' of Petra. He was accompanied on his journey by Jordanian Prime Minister Said Zeid Al-Rifai.
In a moment of hilarity Dr. Kissinger donned a 'Kefiya' -- a traditional Arab head-dress worn by the Bedou -- and, as photographers snapped away, was helped to adjust it by the premier.
"In Israel, you can wear it like that", Said Rifai quipped. Dr. Kissinger replied ruefully: "This is going to make a great picture for my arrival".
Dr. Kissinger and his party -- including the Secretary of State's assistant Joseph Sisco -- left Jordan for Israel on Saturday (12 October). Dr. Kissinger then went on to visit Saudi Arabia. He had already passed through Egypt and Syria and was scheduled to return to Washington on Tuesday (15 October) via Cairo, Damascus and Algiers.