Middle East: A King Talks of Peace

For Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, last week's visit by King Hussein of Jordan was another step toward ending Egypt's isolation within the Arab world, which began when President Anwar Sadat accepted the Camp David accords and subsequently signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979. For the Jordanian monarch, the three-day visit was aimed at forging a moderate Arab consensus in the Middle East. His plan: to convene a peace conference of all those with a stake in the region, including the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Soviet Union.

Although the two leaders agreed on the need for peace talks,...

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