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The World

February 16, 1988

Egypt and Jordan, two of the closest Arab allies of the United States, urged Washington to work for a lasting Mideast peace settlement rather than one based on Palestinian autonomy in the Israel-occupied territories. Leaders of the two moderate states spoke out against plans for Palestinian self-rule--the centerpiece of U.S. proposals formulated after two months of violent anti-Israeli disturbances in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Jordanian Prime Minister Zaid Rifai said after talks in Cairo with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that Jordan opposes "partial solutions." Mubarak added that the United States must go beyond the U.S.-sponsored 1978 Camp David accord, which led to Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

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