PARIS (Jul. 19)
Lebanese President Amin Gemayel and Jordan’s King Hussein held a surprise meeting in Cannes last night to coordinate their stand on the eve of Gemayel’s visit to Washington for talks with President Reagan and other Administration officials. Lebanese sources said the two had agreed on a joint policy based on backing Lebanon’s independence and territorial sovereignty.
The sources said Gemayel will ask Reagan to press Israel not to break the tripartite agreement concluded with Lebanon and the United States and not to undertake unilateral partial withdrawal. Hussein, the sources said, also backed Gemayel’s call for American reassurances and promises to Syria that Lebanon will not become a hostile territory nor harbour any anti-Syrian elements.
Hussein, the Lebanese said, supports American and Lebanese reassurances and came out in favor of close diplomatic contacts between Beirut and Damascus to obtain a Syrian withdrawal from the Bekaa valley.