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Peres Optimistic About Peace

Prenier Shimon Peres believes that King Hussein of Jordan is laying the groundwork for peace negotiations with Israel and that Israel and Egypt are nearing a settlement of their border dispute over Taba.

He expressed those views at a meeting with Sen. James Sasser (D. Tenn.) and a group of American businessmen visiting Israel. “We are nearing an end to the Taba border dispute and are thereby preventing a worsening of relations” between Israel and Egypt, he said.

He said Hussein’s decision to sever ties with the Palestine Liberation Organization’s leadership — PLO offices in Amman were shut down last week — and to improve his standing with the Palestinians in the West Bank are steps to prepare the ground for peace negotiations.

“We are advancing, albeit slowly, in the right direction,” the Premier told his visitors. “The attainment of peace is more complex than declaration of war and we are determined in our efforts toward peace and the prevention of war,” he said.