61. Letter From President Carter to King Hussein of Jordan1



Your majesty:

Secretary Vance will explain to you the meaning and significance of the Camp David agreement and its far reaching benefits to those in the Middle East who look to you for leadership.

I consider future action on this agreement to be crucial for peace in your troubled area, vital for the maintenance of stability among the peoples and nations, and of profound importance to the relations of the United States with the governments involved.

Egypt and Israel have proven that they want peace. A failure of our effort because of lack of support from other responsible and moderate leaders of the Arab nations would certainly lead to the strengthening of irresponsible and radical elements and a further opportunity for intrusion of Soviet and other Communist influences throughout the Middle East.

I need your strong personal support.

[Page 214]We look forward with great pleasure to your visit with us here, and especially to meeting your lovely bride.

You have my warm regards and best wishes.

Jimmy Carter
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Middle East, Subject File, Box 56, Jordan: 8–10/78. No classification marking. The letter is handwritten.