King Hussein on Jordan was wildly acclaimed July 28th as he toured the border towns of Mafrak and Ramtha - two days after Syria had re-opened her borders to Jordan traffic.
GV King arrives at the Royal Tankers Unit.
GV King takes salute.
SV Inspects caracan.
GV Tanks on display.
LV King poses with unit officers.
GV King leaves Royal tankers unit.
GV Crowd lining route.
LV King with Hashim Te unit.
GV PAN Troops applaud. PAN to King.
TV King and party enter Headquarters for coffee.
GV Ramtha rest house.
GV King inspects guard on arrival.
GV PAN King and Party enter the Ramtha rest house.
SBV King waves to crowd from balcony.
GV Crowd applaud King
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Background: King Hussein on Jordan was wildly acclaimed July 28th as he toured the border towns of Mafrak and Ramtha - two days after Syria had re-opened her borders to Jordan traffic.
At Mafrak, camels were slaughtered in his honour. Later the King inspected a guard of the Royal Tank Unit, and chatted with Hashemite soldiers. A guard of honour at Ramtha was inspected by the King.
The Jordan-Syrian border was closed seven weeks ago following Syrian allegations of provocative attacks on her border villages. on report alleges a Jordan patrol crossed two miles into Syria and tried unsuccessfully to steel sheep from a village. Troops and villagers exchanged fire.
Re-opening of the border came after a visit of Arab League Secretary-General, Abdul Khaliq Hassouna, to Amman. After meetings with the King and Jordan Prime Minister, Hazza Majali, Hassouna, announced that diplomatic relations between Jordan and the United Arab Republic - several after the coup d'etat in Iraq last year - would be re-established "very soon". Agreement was also reached on the cessation of hostile press and radio campaigns directed against Jordan by Cairo - and suspension of activities by political refugees.