The United States Special Envoy, Alfred Atherton, had talk with King Hussein of Jordan on Sunday (13 August) on the latest developments in the search for Middle East peace settlement.
The United States Special Envoy, Alfred Atherton, had talk with King Hussein of Jordan on Sunday (13 August) on the latest developments in the search for Middle East peace settlement. The meeting took place in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and Mr. Atherton briefed the King on the outcome of the United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance's recent talks in Cairo and Jerusalem with Egyptian and Israeli leaders.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Atherton met King Hussein in the Hashimieh Palace on the second day of his two-day visit to Jordan. The talks centered on the decision by the Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat and the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, to accept the invitation of United States President, Jimmy Carter to hold a summit meeting in Washington next month to discuss a possible peace settlement.
Mr. Atherton said the United States would appreciate and welcome King Hussein's views and advice on the efforts to achieve peace. After the meeting, the official Jordanian News Agency announced that King Hussein supported any settlement based upon Israeli withdrawal from Arab territories occupied after the 1967 war and self-determination for Palestinians. Dissent over these two issues has been the major obstacle in previous peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel.
Mr. Atherton and his party had also visited Saudi Arabia for talks with Saudi leaders on the proposed Egyptian-Israeli summit meeting. After meeting King Hussein, Mr. atherton crossed into Israel and then flew back to Washington.