Friday, April 22, 1983

Political Responses:

Israel/ Occupied Territories: Heads of northern settlements meet in Kiryat Shemona, call on government not to abandon Haddad in negotiations over Lebanon withdrawal.

Palestinians/ Lebanese: PLO Executive Committee meetings end, leave door open for further PLO-Jordanian talks, Arafat travels to Morocco to meet with King Hassan; President Gemayel says he will not sign any agreement allowing Israeli forces to remain in Lebanon.

Arab Governments: Jordan promises military hardware and training to Lebanese Army.

US and Other Countries: Reagan announces Secretary of State Shultz will travel to Middle East to conclude an agreement on withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon; Reagan says PLO has 50 pilots helping Nicaragua and Salvadoran Left; Secretary Shultz says Reagan told King Hussein if he said he was ready to enter negotiations, Reagan would not press him to do so until the US could find some form of settlement freeze; British Foreign Minister meets PLO political department head Farouk Kaddoumi in Tunis, first contact at this level between Britain and PLO.