King Hussein of Jordan met with France's President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in Paris on Monday (28 July) and later said he was heartened by Europe's viewpoint on the need for resumed Middle East peace talks between Egypt and Israel.
SV King Hussein of Jordan descends steps of Elysee Palace in Paris, accompanied by French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. King Hussein answers questions in English
NEWSMAN: "Would you tell us a few words about the meeting with President Giscard d'Estaing?"
KING HUSSEIN: "It's been another very rare privilege for me and a very great pleasure to have this opportunity at this time to go over developments in our part of the world and the world as a whole, to discuss all the problems that exist in our area and our place in this world with him and I have the highest respect for a great friend ...
NEWSMAN: "Did you come to present your own peace plan?"
KING HUSSEIN: "No, there is no particular peace plan that I carry."
NEWSMAN: "Your Majesty, do you think that (indistinct) will join the peace talks in the Middle East?"
KING HUSSEIN: "If you are referring to Camp David, then you already know my response to this question. It has been public. It has been known to the world as a whole. There is no way by which we can join the peace process in terms of what is called the peace process (indistinct). What we would wish is to see with the world community progress towards establishment of a just and durable peace. This can only happen with the participation of all concerned in the area. Participation of the Palestinian people themselves. And it can only lead to an obvious line which is the removal of occupation from Palestine as such, the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem. They're a part of the city and recognition of legitimate rights of Palestinian people on Palestinian soil. this is not provided for in Camp David and I don't see how, therefore, you can see any progress at this time."
NEWSMAN: "Your Majesty, provided that Israel withdraws from all occupied territories, will you, Jordan, recognise Israel?"
KING HUSSEIN: "When we accepted Security Council Resolution two-four-two, it implied that if the resolution was implemented by all concerned, obviously the question of recognition is not one that would have been missed.
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Background: King Hussein of Jordan met with France's President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in Paris on Monday (28 July) and later said he was heartened by Europe's viewpoint on the need for resumed Middle East peace talks between Egypt and Israel. The Jordanian Monarch held a two-and-a-half hour meeting with the French President, and although the talks were described officially as private, he spoke afterwards with newsmen on the steps of the Elysee Palace.