Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat held talks with Chinese Li Xiannian in Amman on March 10, and later met King Hussein.
SV INTERIOR Yasser Arafat seated with Chinese leader Li Xinnian.
SV INTERIOR Yasser Arafat seated with King Hussein. (3 SHOTS)
Sv Journalists at news conference.
CU Yasser Arafat listens to question and answers. (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 5) "(Indistinct) you said you were extending your arm to Syria?"
ARAFAT: "It is, it was, obvious, you remember my speech during our celebration in (indistinct) among our battered forces, and ah, here now we have the same policy. We have one face and ah, for your information, we have accepts some mediations between PLO and Syria."
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Background: Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat held talks with Chinese Li Xiannian in Amman on March 10, and later met King Hussein. Arafat has visited Peking in the past and China is a long-standing supporter of the Arabs and the PLO. The meeting, which is believed to have covered Middle Eastern problems, took place during Li's five day visit to Jordan, the first day a Chinese head of state. Arafat also met King Hussein with whom he is trying to formulate a joint approach to solving the Palestinian problem. They discussed problems facing the Palestinians and the situation on the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Policy co-ordination talks between the two had failed last year after King Hussein was refused a mandate by the PLO to represent the Palestinians in talks with Israel. However Arafat and Hussein held productive, if not final, discussions on joint policy last week and are expected to continue negotiations. At a press conference on March 11, Arafat said he had accepted some mediations between Syria and PLO.