Title:ISRAEL/JORDAN: U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE ALEXANDER HAIG CONTINUES HIS MIDDLE EAST TOUR VISITS TO JERUSALEM AND AMMAN
Date:6th April 1981
Summary:***CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY***
Interior: Haig and Begin at conference table with their respective delegates
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Haig motorcade leaving
Haig arriving at Amman airport
Haig meeting with King Hussein, shaking hands
Haig and Hussein seated at conference table with respective delegates
Story Text: U.S. secretary of state Alexander Haig continue his Middle East tour with visits to Jerusalem and Amman. In Jerusalem he met the Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin. It was one of the friendliest receptions Haig could of expected, he described the talks as highly productive. He also reportedly promised to seek ways to alleviate the financial burden of Israel's defence spending. Mr Haig stressed repeatedly his views that the peace of the region was threatened by Soviet expansionism either by the Soviets themselves or what he called their 'proxies' - the Cubans, Libyans, aspects of the P.L.O. and others.
After leaving Jerusalem Mr Haig flew to the Jordanian capital Amman. He was met by King Hussein, and afterwards the two men had talks. Mr haig has said he is seeking a 'strategic consensus' for countering what he calls the growing Soviet threat to the region. But Jordanian officials have made it clear that what they regard as Israeli expansionism is a greater danger.
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