Middle East Shifting into First Gear

No breakthrough for Hussein, but new interest in Washington

At the close of their conversations in the White House last week, President Reagan and his guest, King Hussein of Jordan, stepped out into the Rose Garden for an impromptu press conference. The President wished Hussein well in his search for a Middle East peace settlement. The King responded with words that amounted more to a policy statement than a formal farewell. As the result of his recent talks with Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Hussein declared, "we are willing to negotiate, within the context of an international conference, a peaceful settlement on the basis of the...

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