JERUSALEM (Aug. 18)
King Hussein of Jordan met with Fahed Kawasme, the Mayor of Hebron, for the first meeting in many years between a West Bank leader and the Hashemitcking. The meeting Sunday in Jordan was described by Arab experts in Jerusalem as an attempt by Hussein to open a dialogue with the new leadership of the West Bank which was elected earlier this year, and described so far as supporters of the PLO.
Kawasme asked Hussein to increase Jordan’s financial aid for Hebron and encourage other Arab countries to do the same. The King reportedly expressed interest in the problems raised by the Hebron mayor and asked for details about the ongoing merchants’ strike in the West Bank. Kawasme also met with Jordan Premier Mudar Badran.