Hussein Approves Franco-iraqi Deal

King Hussein of Jordan today approved Franco-Iraqi nuclear cooperation and said “it is extraordinary that Israel, which has failed to sign the non-proliferation treaty, should complain against Iraq which is a signatory of the Vienna Convention” for the international control and supervision of nuclear reactors.

The King, who left France for Bonn this afternoon, conferred over five hours with French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing on the Middle East. It is understood that the two men have been in general agreement in their evaluation of the situation and in their belief that the Camp David agreements are unworkable without Palestinian participation.

Hussein, who was last night the guest at a banquet in Versailles’ Trionon Palace, called on Western Europe to act “so as to obtain Israel’s withdrawal from all Arab territories, including the Arab part of Jerusalem, and the recognition of the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights on its national territory.”

The King is currently on a tour of Western Europe to try and drum up support for a more dynamic European participation in the search of a solution to the Middle East peace process.

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