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Hussein to Visit Johnson Today; Agenda Includes Aid, Refugees, Water

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Jordan’s King Hussein, who arrived in the United States tonight, landing in Philadelphia, will come to Washington tomorrow to confer with President Johnson. He will be here two days. His visit precedes the official state visit to be made here early in June by Israel’s Prime Minister Levi Eshkol.

On Hussein’s agenda for his talks with President Johnson, and with other leaders of the Administration, including Sen. J. William Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are topics concerning further American aid to Jordan, the question of the Arab refugees and, possibly, his Government’s reaction to Israel’s plans for drawing Jordan River waters for irrigation purposes.

Administration officials asked today about the reaction of the Arab states, including Jordan, to the Jordan River water problem, said that the United States is encouraged by Jordan’s progress in the exploitation of its water resources. They added that the United States believes that all nations in the area should utilize the available water resources, stating that the 1955 Johnston plan for the use of water resources in the Middle East affords the best yardstick for the equitable distribution of waters in the area. They added that the United States supports the rights of all the riparian states involved to make use of the waters on an equitable basis. Israel is one of those riparian states.

(Hew York dispatches from Cairo reported that President Nasser of Egypt has sent a letter to President Johnson, which was to have been delivered to the White House today. Washington sources did not confirm Mr. Johnson’s receipt of such a letter today.)

During his stay here, King Hussein will be honored at a dinner by President Johnson, and will reciprocate with a similar event honoring Mr. Johnson. Among the Washington events in the King’s honor will also be a luncheon by the Citizens Committee for American Policy in the Middle East, an anti-Israeli group.

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