Hussein, Thatcher Agree on Confab As Best Way to Advance Peace

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and King Hussein of Jordan agreed here Monday that an international conference was the best way to advance the peace process in the Middle East.

Thatcher and Hussein discussed the matter at a two-hour luncheon meeting. Officials said they “stressed the importance of not missing the opportunity to take a major step forward in the peace process.”

Their talks followed a visit here three weeks ago by Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, who was soliciting the support of Western European leaders for an international Middle East peace conference under United Nations auspices. The Israeli government is divided on the issue. Premier Yitzhak Shamir and his Likud party consider an international conference a danger to Israel.

Thatcher is to report on the progress of her contacts with Hussein and Peres when she meets President Reagan in Washington later this week.

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