U.S. Rejects Israel’s Charges on Terrorist Bases in Jordan

The State Department indicated today that it does not accept Israel’s charge that Jordan is allowing the Palestine Liberation Organization to re-establish terrorist bases on its territory.

The Department’s deputy spokesman, Charles Redman, repeated his earlier statement that while the PLO has “facilities” in Jordan, it does not have bases from which to launch terrorist operations against Israel. He refused to comment on a report that the Israel Cabinet has decided to ask the Reagan Administration to persuade Jordan to close down any such bases.

Redman said Jordan has been “quite consistent” in its opposition to terrorism. “Jordan is firmly opposed to terrorism,” he said. “Indeed (Jordan) has suffered greatly from it and has played a positive role in preserving security in the area.”

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