WASHINGTON (Aug. 14)
Jordanian Ambassador to the United States, Abdul Hamid Sharaf, met with two State Department officials, Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Eugene V. Rostow, and Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Joseph J. Sisco. Washington observers believed the meeting had been requested by Mr. Sharaf to discuss complaints against Israel currently being registered by Jordan before the United Nations Security Council.
Observers speculated that the meeting with State Department officials was asked by Ambassador Sharaf to discuss United States acceptance of a tough Security Council resolution calling for condemnation of Israel for its Aug. 4 air attack in Jordan. United States support of a Security Council resolution has so far rested on the question of whether or not it would be “reasonably balanced” – one calling for an end to both Arab terrorist assaults and Israeli reprisals, sources said.
A Wednesday session of the Security Council, scheduled to deal with Israeli and Jordanian complaints stemming from the raid on terrorist bases, was cancelled. Consultations among the 15 members were continuing. It was understood that Pakistan had been circulating a resolution which, among other things, would condemn Israel’s attack near the town of Salt. The Council was scheduled to reconvene for its sixth session on the issue Thursday afternoon.