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London Sees Jordan USSR Rapprochement As Due to Palestine Issue

The announcement that Jordan and the Soviet Union have decided for the first time since Jordan’s creation to establish diplomatic relations was seen here today by the British press as stemming partly from Jordanian frustrations over “the Palestine issue.” Disclosure of the Moscow-Amman rapprochement was made this weekend.

Coming from a country created by the West, and dependent largely since its establishment on subsidies from Britain and the United States, the Times said, the move toward Russia might be considered “ungrateful.” But “frustration over Palestine gnaws away,” stated the Times, “and there is the familiar hope that the best can be had financially of what hitherto has been two worlds–the West and the Communist.”