King Hussein of Jordan was received by Pope John Paul II on Monday (1 September).
GV EXT Plane taxiing at Rome's Ciampino military airport with guard of honour in attendance.
GV King Hussein of Jordan and entourage down aircraft steps and greeted by Vatican officials.
GV Hussein past guard of honour and greeted by officials.
SV King's wife Queen Noor greeting officials.
SV PAN Hussein and officials cross tarmac.
SV & GV Hussein boarding helicopter
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Background: King Hussein of Jordan was received by Pope John Paul II on Monday (1 September). It was a private audience and no details of their talks were released. But before the Jordanian monarch's arrival in Rome, King Hussein said he would discuss the situation in the Middle East with the Pontiff.
SYNOPSIS: A guard of honour and Vatican officials waited side by side at Ciampino military airport to greet King Hussein and His wife Queen Noor. The monarch went to Rome for a private visit with the Pope at his summer residence at Castelgandolfo.
In an interview with a West German magazine, King Hussein said Israel's decision to make Jerusalem its capital would be a central issue in his discussions with the Pope. He insisted the Vatican should have a say in israel's decision and said Moslems, Jews and Christians should be able to pray in Jerusalem unmolested But King Hussein's criticism of the peace process goes further. He said Europeans should not look towards Camp David because a solution was as far away as ever. King Hussein's scepticism comes after peace initiatives launched recently by EEC countries and Egypt. The EEC sent their commission's new President Gaston Thorn on a fact finding tour, and Egypt made a formal approach to President Ceaucescu of Rumania, who mediated at the historic meeting between Egypt and Israel in 1978.
The King and his wife are on a private tour which brings them to London on Tuesday (2 September). But after the official welcome at Ciampino airport the couple boarded a helicopter to see the Pope at Castelgandolfo.