A group of eighteen American, German and Lebanese journalists attended a press conference given by King Hussein of Jordan at the Basman Palace, Amman, Aug 2.
GV BASMAN PALACE
LV ROYAL FLAG ON PALACE
GV INT. HUSSEIN GIVES PRESS CONFERENCE
GV PRESS MEN
GV HUSSEIN WITH PRESS MEN
CU MEN ASK QUESTIONS
LV HUSSEIN LEAVES ROOM
LV HUSSEIN TALKS TO WOMAN
CU HUSSEIN TALKS TO PEOPLE
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Background: A group of eighteen American, German and Lebanese journalists attended a press conference given by King Hussein of Jordan at the Basman Palace, Amman, Aug 2. They will stay four days in Jordan at the invitation of the government.
Welcoming the journalists to Jordan, the King invited them to "roam at will" throughout the land and report the state of affairs factually to their various agencies.
Great import was obviously attached to the press conference. Other notables in attendance were the Premier, Hazza Majali; Cabinet ministers, and officials of the Royal Household.
In answer to one question the King, said, "we consider Israel a danger threatening our existence, and we shall fight against any aggression that comes from her against any part of the Arab world."
Political observers viewed the King's words in line with recent moves by Arab nations to increase their policy of hostility towards the ten-year old Republic of Israel. The King's reply also indicated Jordan's return to participation in Arab affairs at a time when the Arab nations are planning to improve unity. The Arab League council of ministers meet in Casablanca September 1.
The UAR reopened its threats against Israel last week. President Nasser told a meeting: We are all awaiting the decisive battle to get rid of Israel and the crime of its creation.
Diplomatic relations between the UAR and Jordan are to be reestablished this month following the reopening of the Jordanian border with the UAR's Syria.