King Hussein of Jordan, who is on a visit to West Germany, has told political leaders in Bonn that any Middle East peace treaty must be a general Arab-Israeli agreement.
GVs EXTERIOR King Hussein of Jordan and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt posing for press photographs (2 shots)
GV King Hussein and Mr. Schmidt walking with officials
SVs INTERIOR King Hussein and West German Foreign Minister Hand-Dietrich Genscher sit down at conference table and begin discussions (2 shots)
SV King Hussein and Social Democrat leader, Willy Brandt, sit down at table (2 shots)
Arab sources in Bonn said that, while King Hussein wants peace, it is highly unlikely that he will be persuaded to support President Sadat's peace initiative. West Germany is Jordan's most important trading partner. The Bonn government gives more aid to Jordan, per head of population than to any other county in the Arab world. So far, West Germany has given more than 340 million U.S. dollars in aid.
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Background: King Hussein of Jordan, who is on a visit to West Germany, has told political leaders in Bonn that any Middle East peace treaty must be a general Arab-Israeli agreement. The King is on a seven-day visit to West Germany and he is expected to brief officials on the recent Arab Summit in Iraq.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (7 November), King Hussein met West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt. The Jordanian monarch came to Bonn direct from the Arab League Summit in Baghdad, where Arab leaders called on Egypt to renounce its accord with Israel and not to sign a peace treaty. But West Germany and its Common Market partners support the Camp David agreements between Egypt and Israel.
On the second day of his state visit, King Hussein met West German Foreign Minister, Hand-Dietrich Genscher. Reports from Bonn said the West German Government wanted to involve the King more closely in the process of Middle East peacemaking. The West German view is that the Camp David accords are the first step towards an overall settlement. But King Hussein -- who also met the Social Democrat leader, Willy Brandt -- did not depart from his original standpoint. Any settlement, he said, must involve the other Arab states as well.