The President of Syria, Mr. Hafez al-Assad, held three hours of talks in Middle East?
The President of Syria, Mr. Hafez al-Assad, held three hours of talks in Middle East developments with King Hussein in Jordan on Tuesday (26 September).
SYNOPSIS: Political observers said the views of President Assad and King Hussein were vital for chances of achieving peace in the Middle East following the Israeli- Egyptian agreements at Camp David last week. Syria bitterly opposes the accords. It hosted last week's conference of hardline Arab states which want to smash them. A first, Jordan criticised the agreements, but later officially brought out a non-committal announcement that left the door for further negotiations somewhat ajar. King Hussein said later he and President Assad saw "eye to eye on most, if not all, things".
King Hussein added that they shared the same desire for peace, but not on the basis of what they had been offered in the recent past. He was seeking from the United States answers to a range of questions for a complete re-examination of the entire Middle East issue, including Jerusalem and Israeli West Bank settlements.