King Hussein of Jordan has offered continued support for Iraq in its war with Iran -- a move which Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sees as very dangerous.
GV King Hussein of Jordan speaking in English to reporter. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Israeli military officers walking to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin's office.
SV Begin speaking in English to reporter.
GV (MUTE) Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev signing with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in Moscow and the two leaders shaking hands. (6 SHOTS)
HUSSEIN: "By any outside force, we will do our best to defend it. This is our cause here, how can we look to any to help us in the face of danger, if we are not prepared ourselves to stand by other when they are fighting for their land and their rights?"
REPORTER: "But isn't it a few square miles of desert between Iraq and Iran -- does it matter that much?"
HUSSEIN: A few square miles from where we stand on the front line with Israel, (inaudible) Amman and beyond Amman."
REPORTER: "After a meeting with his military advisors, Israeli Prime Minister Begin called on Hussein to stay out of the war.
BEGIN: "May I say this, jumping on what King Hussein now thinks is a bandwagon of Iraq against Iran, is very bad and very dangerous. He should stop doing it."
Another of Iraq's neighbours, Syria, has signed a friendship treaty with the Soviet Union -- a move seen as providing a firm foundation for extending co-operation between the two countries. The text of the treaty was very close to that signed by Moscow with Iraq in 1972. Arab and Western diplomats said the treaty appeared to formalise the present relationship between the Soviet Union and Syria without pledging the Soviets to any major commitments. The Soviet news agency, Tass, said the treaty, signed by Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, would help Moscow and Damascus work more closely for a Middle East settlement. Diplomats said the Syrian President, who, over the past year has been facing opposition at home to his rule, and has been more cut off from mainstream Arab thinking, wanted the treaty to strengthen his own position. Mr. Brezhnev said the accord was in the name of peace and not of war.
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Background: King Hussein of Jordan has offered continued support for Iraq in its war with Iran -- a move which Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sees as very dangerous. King Hussein pledge of support for Iraq came as the government of his Middle East neighbour, Syria, was signing a friendship treaty with the Soviet Union.