Arafat says USSR backs Palestinian-Jordan tie

Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat said Thursday the Kremlin had given its approval to the idea of a confederation between a future Palestinian state and Jordan.

He made the statement at a news conference after talks with Communist Party leader Yuri Andropov and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.

Mr. Arafat arrived in Moscow after two days of talks in Jordan with King Hussein on ways to achieve a Mideast settlement. President Reagan's peace plan, which has been denounced by Moscow, also calls for a Palestinian homeland associated with Jordan.

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