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    Britain's Foreign Secretary, Dr. David Owen, arrived in Amman on Saturday (25 February) as part?

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    Britain's Foreign Secretary, Dr. David Owen, arrived in Amman on Saturday (25 February) as part of his current tour of the Middle East. He had arranged to hold talks there with King Hussein, before flying on to Israel for discussions with Government leaders in Jerusalem.

    SYNOPSIS: Dr. Owen arrived at a military airport in Jordan, where he was met by the Jordanian Foreign Minister Hassan Ibrahim and other Government officials. Dr. Owen's visit to the Middle East has been described as a fact-finding mission rather than an attempt to become directly involved in the current peace initiative. Before meeting King Hussein, the Foreign Secretary spoke to newsmen in the airport terminal, explaining how Britain saw her role in the Middle East.

    Following his talks with the Jordanian leadership Dr. Owen left Amman for Israel on Sunday. At Ben Gurion airport, he spoke about a possible future role for King Hussein in the negotiations......
    Dr. Owen's arrival coincided with a crucial meeting of parliament in Jerusalem. The Israeli Cabinet met to discuss the controversial question of Jewish settlement in occupied areas, one of the stumbling blocks in the current Arab-Israeli peace initiative. Neither Prime Minister Begin nor Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan made any statement after the meeting. Government spokesman Arye Naor spoke briefly of the outcome...

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