King Hussein of Jordan arrived in Algeria for talks with President Chadli Benjedid on Monday (4 June).
King Hussein of Jordan arrived in Algeria for talks with President Chadli Benjedid on Monday (4 June). The two leaders had talks on bilateral relations and Arab reactions to the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. Among a number of official functions, King Hussein also visited the tomb of the late President Houari Boumedienne.
SYNOPSIS: Algeria is one of the hard-line Arab states which has rejected the Camp David accords and the resulting Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. King Hussein's visit to Algeria is the first since President Chadli Benjedid was elected successor to President Boumedienne.
King Hussein and his entourage were welcomed by President Chadli. When President Boumedienne met King Hussein in Jordan last year (January 1978), he made Algeria's position very clear -- all Arab counties, Boumedienne said, should united against Egypt. And according to observers Algeria's position hasn't changed. Two months ago (31 March/1 APRIL) King Hussein agreed with other Arab leaders to break economic links with Egypt. Those sanctions, imposed because of President Anwar Sadat's signature on the peace treaty, have now virtually isolated Egypt from the Arab world.
On the second day of King Hussein's visit, he laid a wreath at the tomb of President Boumedienne.
The solemnity of the occasion underlined the friendly relations between the two countries. A headline in the Algerian daily news paper "El Moudjahid" describes the significance of the Chadli-Hussein meeting. It reads, "We have wished for this visit for a long time".