United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, had talks with the heads of states?
LV INT. Kissinger seated with American delegation at the Basmman Palace in Amman
SV & CU King Hussein and Jordanian delegates
GV EXTERIOR Ministry building in Syria
SV INTERIOR Kissinger seated with President Assad during talks (3 shots)
GV Kissinger's aircraft don tarmac at night
CU Kissinger to camera
SCU Allon and Kissinger at microphone at Ben Gurion Airport
CU Sign on building
LV & CU INTERIOR Kissinger seated with Rabin and others (2 shots)
KISSINGER: "....the cordial atmosphere that has become characteristic of our conversations. President Assad explained to me his interpretation of the significance of the Rabat summit. I told the President we would remain ready to proceed on a step-by-step hasis in bringing a lasting peace to the area and that this required the cooperation of all of the parties involved."
Israel's Foreign Minister and Deputy Premier., Yogal Allon, greeted Dr. Kissinger at Ben Gurion airport. He spoke to newsmen about developments in the Middle East situation
ALLON: "I am delighted to welcome once more Secretary Henry Kissinger on his ......mission to achieve peace in our area. And we consider this is very important visit of his, particularly that between his last visit and this one, as you all know, two events took place. One was in the General Assembly of the United Nations which decided to invite representatives of the so-called PLO to address the assembly, and the other one was the Rabat conference which decided that the so-called PLO will represent the Palestinians in the reaching some sort of resolution."
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Background: 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.