22. Letter from President Carter to King Hussein of Jordan1

Your Majesty:

I want you to know how much I have regretted the embarrassment that recent press reports2 may have caused you and the people of Jordan. You understand, I am sure, that I have no authority to control the news media of this country and cannot prevent the publication of such misleading stories. I have, however, publicly stated that there was nothing illegal or improper in your relationship with us.

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I am particularly sorry that you have been exposed to unfair allegations, since I consider you one of our very close friends, whose wisdom and guidance will be of utmost importance as we work toward our common goal of peace in the Middle East. I am looking forward to your visit in April.

With warm regards.


Jimmy Carter
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Middle East File, Subject File, Box 55, Jordan: 1–4/77. No classification marking.
  2. See footnote 8, Document 12.