United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, had talks with the heads of states?
United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, had talks with the heads of states of Jordan, Syria and Israel as he continued his Middle East tour on Wednesday and Thursday (6 and 7 November).
In Amman, Dr. Kissinger had what he called "warm cordial and friendly" talks with Jordan's King Hussein. But Dr. Kissinger said he informed King Hussein that "some recent decisions" -- those take at the Rabat summit conference regarding the P.L.O. -- had complicated the possibilities for a solution to the Middle East conflict.
Dr. Kissinger flew to Damascus from Amman for talks with Syria's President Hafez Al-Assad. During a working luncheon with President Assad and Foreign Minister Khaddam at the Presidential Palace, Dr. Kissinger started bargaining on steps towards the next stage of the Middle East peace negotiations.
One of the major sticking points for the Syrians has been the refusal of the United States to deal with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) which gained the support of the Rabat Summit conference as the sole representative of the Palestinian people. But Dr. Kissinger was optimistic when he arrive in Tel Aviv from Damascus.
Dr. Kissinger went on to Jerusalem for talks with Premier Yitzhak Rabin, Defence Minister Shimon Peres, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Kenneth Keating, and the Israeli Ambassador to Washington, Mr. Simha Dinitz.