Soviet Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh took his peaceseeking mission to Jordan Thursday, where his Jordanian counterpart said Moscow could pressure Israel by threatening to cut Soviet Jewish immigration.
Moscow "holds a very important card in its hands to pressure Israel" into becoming more flexible in the Arab-Israeli peace process, Foreign Minister Taher Masri said before Bessmertnykh arrived from Syria for a two-day visit.Masri said in an interview that he would raise the immigration issue with Bessmertnykh, who was to hold separate meetings with King Hussein and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat.
The Soviet foreign minister was to leave Friday for Israel, the highest ranking Soviet official to visit the Jewish state.
Bessmertnykh is to finish his four-nation tour of the Middle East in Egypt. He is to hold talks in Cairo with Secretary of State James Baker on Saturday, who is making his fourth trip to the region since March.