Saudi prince goes on summit mission

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AMMAN (AP) - The Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah arrived in Jordan yesterday for talks aimed at resolving differences between key Arab leaders in relation to the proposed summit on the Middle East peace process.

Prince Abdullah came from Damascus where he met the Syrian President Hafez Assad at least twice to persuade him to accept an open agenda at the summit, Arab diplomats said.

A similar demand has been made by Jordan and some Gulf nations. But all agree that the summit should forge a unified Arab position against Israel.

Talaat Hamid, spokesman for the 22-member Arab League, said in Cairo that consultations were under way about the time and place for the summit.

An Egyptian weekly newspaper reported that Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have all offered to host the summit,

The meeting was proposed by the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat following the breakdown of peace talks with Israel.