ROME — Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Wednesday dismissed the idea of an international conference aimed at achieving peace in the Middle East and proposed direct Israeli talks with King Hussein of Jordan as the best approach.
"We oppose the international conference," Peres said in a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. "We are not looking for a show; we are looking for dialogue."
Offering for the first time as prime minister to go to Jordan for direct talks with Hussein, Peres said: "I am ready to go to Amman. I am sure Israelis would like to see it if King Hussein would come to Jerusalem and announce whatever he has in mind."
Letter From Arafat
Craxi, who also supported the idea of direct talks instead of a large international conference that would include the Soviet Union, said he showed Peres a letter he received recently from Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat. Craxi and Arafat met in Tunisia in December.