Middle East: Anyway, Nice to See You

A Weinberger trip yields no deals but mends some fences

The U.S. Defense Secretary, Caspar Weinberger, visited the Middle East last week, carrying with him a sheaf of proposals aimed at strengthening Washington's ties with moderate Arab states. His main port of call was Saudi Arabia, where he spent four days in talks with the influential Crown Prince Fahd, Defense Minister Prince Sultan and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal. By the time Weinberger left the country, after a negotiating session that lasted almost all night, the principal mystery was why it had taken him and the Saudis so long...

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