Following a three day visit to Yugoslavia, where he met President Josip Broz Tito in the Brioni Islands, King Hussein of Jordan paid a brief visit to the Vatican City on Saturday (29 April) on his way home to Amman.
GV Helicopter landing in Vatican City
SV King Hussein of Jordan steps out and greeted by officials
SV Guards saluting
CU King Hussein speaking to newsmen at Rome's Ciampino airport
GV & SV King Hussein laying wreath at Revolution Memorial in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (MUTE) (2 shots)
CU Wreath PAN TO King Hussein standing to attention in front of memorial (MUTE) (3 shots)
CU INT Hussein and delegation seated at table PAN TO Slovenian President Sergej Kraigher seated opposite
CU Hussein (2 shots)
CU Kraigher and SV delegations around table (2 shots)
HUSSEIN: "I believe that as far as the wish for the establishment of a just and durable peace in the area -- I am sure that His Holiness shares his hopes with us very sincerely."
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Background: Following a three day visit to Yugoslavia, where he met President Josip Broz Tito in the Brioni Islands, King Hussein of Jordan paid a brief visit to the Vatican City on Saturday (29 April) on his way home to Amman.
SYNOPSIS: At Rome airport the King boarded a helicopter which took him to the Vatican City for an audience with Pope Paul. During their meeting the Pope expressed his concern for the plight of the Palestinians -- and before leaving King Hussein praised the Roman Catholic Pontiff.
Earlier the same day King Hussein had been in the Yugoslavian town of Ljubljana, where he laid a wreath at the Revolution Memorial. In a joint communique issued after the King's visit, Yugoslavia and Jordan both called for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon, the return of Arab territories occupied during the 1967 war and recognition of the rights of the Palestinians to a homeland.
Later King Hussein went to a meeting with the President of Yugoslavia's northernmost province, Slovenia. President Sergej Kraigher received the King at his villa, where the Jordanian monarch was also presented with a medal by Mayor Rozic of Ljubljana. It was also announced at the end of the King's visit that 86 year-old President Tito of Yugoslavia will visit Jordan -- but that the date for his trip has not yet been fixed.