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The World

November 10, 1987

Jordan's King Hussein persuaded the leaders of Iraq and Syria, at odds ideologically and over the Iran-Iraq War, to attempt to thrash out their differences at a meeting with five other Arab leaders. Jordanian television showed Syrian President Hafez Assad and Iraq's Saddam Hussein looking relaxed with Algerian President Chadli Benjedid sitting between them. Leaders from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates also were present. Jordanian sources said a settlement of Syrian-Iraqi quarrels is a necessary first step before Arab leaders can forge a joint response to the seven-year-old Persian Gulf War.

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