Thursday, May 22, 1997

Senate Foreign Relations Chmn. Jesse Helms (R-NC), House International Relations Comm. Chmn. Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) send letter to Secy. of State Albright, saying that they will oppose all aid to the PA until they are assured that it had no role in the deaths of 2 Palestinian land dealers. (WT 5/23) (see 5/18, 5/21)

U.S. Consul Gen. Edward Abington visits Palestinian-American journalist Kuttab in PA's Ramallah jail; says U.S. is concerned over his detention without charge, he does not appear to have been mistreated. (WT 5/23; MM 5/27) (see 5/21)

Syrian VP Khaddam leaves Bahrain after brief visit, returns to Syria after having traveled to the UAE, Yemen. (WAKH [Manama] 5/22 in WNC 5/23; SATN 5/22 in WNC 5/27; al-Sha`b 5/23 in WNC 5/31) (see 5/21)