Jordan's King Hussein arrived in Egypt on Tuesday (16 July) for three days of talks with President Anwar Sadat designed to explore means of reconciling Jordan and the Palestinian commandos.
Jordan's King Hussein arrived in Egypt on Tuesday (16 July) for three days of talks with President Anwar Sadat designed to explore means of reconciling Jordan and the Palestinian commandos. King Hussein was met by the President when he arrived in Alexandria and they drove together to the Raas El Tin Palace.
Observers believe President Sadat will try to persuade King Hussein to recognise the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the sole representative of the Palestinians. If he succeeds, a major obstacle barring reconciliation would be removed.
Jordan's recognition of the PLO would also open the way for Palestinian participation in the Geneva conference on the Middle East, which is due to reopen later this year. Palestinian participation in the talks has been strongly supported by Egypt and Syria, but opposed by Israel and apparently the United States.
The talks between King Hussein and President Sadat will also set the stage for a meeting of Arab leaders to be held in the next six weeks, and a full-scale conference scheduled for Rabat on September 3. The first meeting will be attended by palestinian guerrilla leaders, and will be their first direct encounter with King Hussein since their bitter clashes with Jordan in 1970.
King Hussein is also expected to brief the President on his visits to Kuwait and the Gulf states last week.
SYNOPSIS: Jordan's King Hussein arrived at an air base outside Alexandria on Tuesday for three days of talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
The talks will explore the possibilities of arranging a reconciliation between Jordan and the Palestine guerrilla movement. Relations between the two have been strained, since their bitter battles of September, nineteen seventy.
The King's stop-over at the base was brief. Within minutes, he and President Sadat were aboard a helicopter and bound for Alexandria's Nozha Airport, where they were greeted by officials and children bearing bouquets of flowers.
After the airport ceremonies, the two leaders drove to the Raas El Tin Palace, where their official talks were scheduled to be held.
During the talks, President Sadat was expected to propose that King Hussein recognise the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the sole representative of the Palestinians. This would remove one of the major obstacles barring reconciliation. The two leaders were also expected to discuss Arab strategy for the Geneva conference on the Middle fast, due to reopen later this year.