Eventual U.S. Visits by Mubarak, King Hussein Expected
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The State Department expects King Hussein of Jordan and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt to visit the United States, although no dates have been set, a spokesman said Wednesday.
State Department spokesman Charles Redman was responding to questions about reports that the king and president were cancelling planned trips because of their displeasure over U.S. arms shipments to Iran, foe of Arab-backed Iraq in the Gulf war, and also that Mubarak was dissatisfied with the latest U.S. proposal for easing Egypt’s debt burden.
″No dates have been set, but we expect to be able to work them out,″ Redman added. ″We always look forward to visits here by these close friends.″
Asked if the Iran arms affair had made it an inappropriate time for Arab leaders to visit, Redman answered, ″It certainly is the case, for example, that the Iran arms transfer has been of concern ... but the current status of trying to arrange those visits is ... that we continue to look for some mutually agreeable dates, and we expect to be able to find those.″