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Title: King Abdullah of Jordan
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Date: Jun 11, 1999
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King Abdullah of Jordan

ARAFAT WANTS UNITY WITH JORDAN: Revitalizing a 1985 decision by the PLO, Arafat said Friday that he is interested in forging a confederation between Jordan and a future Palestinian state. Jordan's late King Hussein initially considered, then rejected, the idea, apparently fearing for the stability of his kingdom. About two-thirds of Jordan's population are Palestinians. In a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation, that percentage would rise considerably. In addition, many residents of Yesha and Jerusalem still hold Jordanian passports.

Meanwhile, the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Abdel Ilah al-Khatib -- in an interview with the French news agency, AFP -- said that Jordan's position on the issue had not changed since it was first raised in the early 1980's. He said the proposal would be considered after a Palestinian state had been set up. The newly-crowned King Abdullah feels that Jordan should take precedence over the Palestinians regarding territories captured by Israel from Jordan in '67. Perhaps the central expression of this philosophy will be Abdullah's determination to consolidate Jerusalem's Islamic holy sites -- especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque -- under Jordanian control. At the very most, Abdullah may be willing to allow the Palestinian Authority (PA/PLO) to be included in an umbrella religious organization under Jordanian jurisdiction. (AP, BBC, ARUTZ-7)

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Abdullah pleases his public at Israel's expense?

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Ha'aretz

Fri Apr 2 , 1999 -- A formal announcement that Abudllah would visit Syria came about a week ago, and the visit is arousing interest because the King's first state visit since his ascension to the throne is to Syria (with the exception of a short visit to Egypt and a meeting with President Hosni Mubarak to inaugurate the new electricity line between the two countries).The Palestinian public and leadership are closely watching Abdullah's first days in power and are definitely pleased with him up to this point. They are pleased that Abdullah has strengthened his connections with the Arab world and hope this will be at the expense of his relations with Israel. During his first weeks in power, diplomatic relations that had been severed during the Gulf War were renewed, and money was transferred from Saudi Arabia and the oil states to strengthen the Jordanian dinar. Jordan's connections with Egypt and the Palestinian Authority look good. Arafat has visited Jordan twice in the past month.

But the biggest surprise is Jordan's friendship with Syria. Assad even sent his son Beshar, whom he is grooming for leadership, to visit Abdullah in the hopes of creating a bond of friendship between the two heirs. A Jordanian rapprochement with the Arab world need not necessarily come at the expense of relations with Israel, but right now it looks as if it is. Normalization with Israel is very unpopular in Jordan. There is no lack of subjects and issues that could cause tension between Israel and Jordan. The issue of the slash in the water quotas promised by the Netanyahu government to Jordan will crop up in this drought-blasted summer. The Jordanians and Palestinians also blame Israel for deliberately impeding commerce across the Jordan River. Both Jordanian and Palestinian spokesmen blame Israel for a colonialist economic policy, keeping Palestinian consumers to itself while denying market access to Jordan and other Arab states.

The members of the Palestinian leadership who are hoping for a deterioration in Jordanian-Israeli relations note with satisfaction that the king's latest appointments advanced people of Palestinian origin while trying to placate the devout Islamicists who are hostile to Israel. Even the Palestinians who sit in cafes at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem speak affectionately about the new King Abdullah. They mention his common touch. Abdullah does not insist on being called "Our Lord" and has issued orders to limit the endless ceremonies associated with royalty. He has also ordered that fewer honorifics are to be used when addressing him. After the 40 days of mourning for his father, he appointed his wife, Raina (of the Abdullah Yasin family from Tulkarm), as queen, while the Queen Mother, Noor al Hussein is considered alien in the Jordanian-Palestinian world because she is American and does not speak Arabic well.

All of these trends in the new Amman administration are important in the months ahead and in the negotiations over the permanent status between the Israelis and Palestinians. The subjects of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, water rights, the status of Jerusalem and border and commercial arrangements between Israel, Jordan and Palestine will be the focus of struggles and crises in which King Abdullah and his men will have a key role

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Jordanian king highlights relations with Syria and Kuwait

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Tue Apr 6 ,1999 -- Jordan's King Abdullah Bin al-Hussein said that Jordan's relations with both Syria and Kuwait are proceeding for the better. King Abdullah said: "Our relations with our brothers in Syria and Kuwait are good, and we are in continuous contact with them to exchange viewpoints and to consult on issues of mutual concern." The Jordanian king asserted his country's commitment to the Middle East peace process to reach a just and comprehensive peace that provides for restoring rights to their owners and establishing security and stability in the region. The Jordanian king said: "We are committed to backing the Middle East peace process and to try, within our own capabilities, to help this process to attain a just and comprehensive peace that provides for restoring the rights to their owners and establish stability and tranquility for the peoples of the region."

Abdullah confers with Arafat

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Tue Apr 6 , 1999 -- Jordan's King Abdullah on Sunday in Amman discussed with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat developments in peace negotiations and obstacles impeding them, especially on the Palestinian-Israeli track. Arafat briefed King Abdullah on the results of his contacts and visits to several countries and on certain thoughts proposed to the Palestinian side in order to revive negotiations with the Israeli side and to settle problems remaining between the two sides. Abdullah stressed Jordan's support for the Palestinians and the ideas they have adopted and backing them to attain their rights stated in the agreements signed between them and Israel.

The Jordanian King also stressed the need to abide by items of these agreements and honor the dates set for their implementation. Discussions also dealt with bilateral relations between Jordan and the Palestinian government and the cooperation agreement signed between the two sides as well as eliminating obstacles hindering its implementation which are not caused by either of the two sides.

Abdullah denies meeting request from Israeli DM

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: IsraelWire

Tue Apr 6 ,1999 -- Defense Minister Moshe Arens requested a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, but the monarch declined. According to sources in Jordan, the king was approached for a "working meeting" with the minister, but it was decided that it would be better to postpone such an event until after the elections in Israel, scheduled for May,17 '99. Jordanian officials report that Amman has decided to "distance itself" from the Israeli political arena until after the elections. Sources in the Defense Ministry responding to the report stated the minister never requested a meeting and in any event, such a meeting is not currently on the minister's agenda. According to a report in the daily Yediot Ahronot, at the time of the elections in Israel, King Abdullah will be in Washington where he will discuss the results with President Bill Clinton.

Reviving the greater Syria project

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Wed Apr 7 , 1999 -- The Jordanian weekly al-Majd has stated that the Arab-Israeli conflict will be crystalized in the near future in the form of confrontation and competition between the "Greater Syria project" and the "Greater Israel project." In its Monday issue's editorial, the weekly called for returning to reviving the project for "Greater Syria," even within the context of a minimum level within the framework of a confederation including Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon for the meantime and later to contain Palestine after the establishment of the real Palestinian state. The weekly added that organizing Syria, Lebanon and Jordan in a confederation state would strengthen Jordan's political positions and strengthen its water, economic and security conditions. The paper added that great hopes are pinned on the visit of Jordan's King Abdullah to Damascus, where he will meet with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. The paper called for strategic integration relations between Amman, Damascus and Beirut which will be gradually conducive to the establishment of "Bilad al-Shaam" confederation, and thereby put the stick in the wheel of the "Greater Israel" project.

Abdullah to visit Libya

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Tue Apr 13 , 1999 -- Jordan's King Abdullah Bin al-Hussein will head to Libya in coming week to fulfill an official invitation from Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi to discuss bilateral relations, the current Arab situation and regional, international and Arab issues. Libya sources say that Libya will inform the Jordanian monarch and his accompanying delegation about the results of investigations made into the suspects in the Lockerbie case, the support received by Libya from the Arab and Islamic states and the Non-Aligned Movement. The sources added, "Libya will ask the Jordanian monarch to make a comprehensive review of the peace process and the signed agreements with Israel, especially as Libya opposes the peace process." The sources said the two leaders will discuss bilateral relations, Arab reconciliation, the situation in Iraq and urging Yemen to convene an Arab summit.

Abdullah will support Palestinians during final status talks

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Dateline Isreal

Mon Apr 12 , 1999 -- Jordan's King Abdullah pledged he would never pursue relations with Israel "at the expense" of relations with fellow Arab countries, including Iraq, Syria, Egypt, or with the Palestinian self-rule government. "With the new reign, we are opening a clean sheet with everyone based on mutual respect," Abdullah told the London-based Arab- language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi in an interview published over the weekend. "Jordan is Arab first and last and cannot shed its skin." He also said that Jordan would throw its full support behind the Palestinians during final- status negotiations with Israel.

April 19, 1999
*** Jordan's king, Arafat meet Gadhafi

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Jordan's King Abdullah met separately Saturday with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in talks on Middle East peace and economic ties. King Abdullah received a red-carpet welcome Saturday in the coastal town Sirte. Arafat arrived with similar fanfare Friday night. Abdullah and Arafat were among the first Arab leaders to fly to Libya after a 7-year U.N. travel ban was lifted earlier this month. Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir visited last week. Gadhafi met with Abdullah and Arafat, Libyan TV said. They discussed Arab and international issues. Egypt's Middle East News Agency said the talks focused on the stalled Mideast peace process and efforts to unite Arab nations.

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'Remarkable relations' now between Syria and Jordan

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Sat Apr 24 , 1999 -- The meeting held between Bashar al-Assad (son of President al-Assad) and the Jordanian King Abdullah has added an extra dimension to the Syrian-Jordanian comprehensive meetings which were presided over by President al-Assad and King Abdullah, during which two close-door meetings were held. In a remarkable step, the Syrian news agency SANA said that Bashar al-Assad visited on Wednesday night, King Abdullah in his residence and that during the meeting views were exchanged on several debated issues. Jordanian sources told well-informed sources in Damascus that the "remarkable relations" established between King Abdullah and Bashar (34) add "a special dimension to the bilateral relations between the two countries," adding that King Abdullah finds in the son of the Syrian President " an ambitious project for renewal " and a strategist of a unique type who matches to a great extent with his father President al-Assad. In the plenary session which was presided over by the Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Zou'bi and his Jordanian counterpart Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh the two premiers agreed to convene the meeting of the higher committee by the end of May. Official sources in Damascus quoted al-Rawabdeh as saying that the Wadi Araba agreement which was " imposed on Jordan " due to certain conditions will never be at the expense of Syria. Replying to a question raised by one Jordanian press man who accompanied the King in his trip back from Damascus to Amman, on the extent of the impact of the relation with Damascus on that with Israel, the King said: " We are a country open to all." He added he will hold a tour next month. The tour, he continued, will cover the US, France, Germany, and Belgium. He added that no invitation was extended to him from Israel. Concerning Iraq, the Jordanian King said " we feel the sufferings of the Iraqi people." He added that the Jordanian view points in this matter " is identical with that held by our brothers in Syria."

Jordan to get water from Syria

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Mon May 3 , 1999 -- The first round of official talks was held in Damascus on Sunday between a Syrian delegation led by Minister of Irrigation Abdul Rahman al-Madani and his Jordanian counterpart, Kamel Mahadin. An agreement was concluded on the building up of al-Wahda dam according to agreements signed between Syria and Jordan. The two sides also discussed means of supplying Jordan with about eight million cubic meters of water from the Dam of Daraa (in southern Syria). Officials representing the two sides attended the meeting. Earlier in the day the Jordanian minister and his companions arrived in Damascus. In an arrival statement the Jordanian minister expressed his joy over visiting Syria following the recent summit meeting held between King Abdullah and President Hafez al-Assad. The Jordanian minister added that during his meeting with his Syrian counterpart talks will deal with measures pertinent to al-Wahda dam and the provision of Syrian waters to Jordan.

Jordan's king to visit Germany next week

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Thu May 6 , 1999 -- King Abdullah of Jordan will pay an official visit to Germany next monday, a Jordanian authorized source said on Wednesday. During the visit, king Abdullah is scheduled to hold talks with German president Roman Herzog and chancellor Gerhard Shroeder on bilateral relations and the middle east peace process. King Abdullah will then visit Britain on his way to the United States. Earlier on Wednesday, the Jordanian monarch held talks with visiting British foreign secretary Derek Fatchet.

Infobeat News 5/10/99
*** New Jordan king to visit U.S., Canada

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Jordan's King Abdullah began a six-nation Western tour Saturday intended to lobby for debt forgiveness and strengthen support for the throne he inherited three months ago. Abdullah, on his first tour to Western countries as king, was to visit England, Germany, Canada, the United States, France and Italy. In recent remarks to foreign journalists, Abdullah said he plans to ask President Clinton to rally the world's leading industrial nations to forgive half of Jordan's $7 billion in debt and annual debt servicing. Among those accompanying Abdullah are members of the royal court, Jordanian businessmen and economists.

Arafat to visit Syria

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Mon May 10 , 1999 -- Chairman of the Palestinian National Council Salim al-Za'noun has stressed that a Syrian-Palestinian summit will be held shortly, saying that contacts and efforts exerted by Jordan's King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have yielded fruit. The results attained by the Palestinian delegation led by the chairman of the PLO political department in Damascus are also promising in this regard. He added that the Palestinian leadership is careful to restore relations with Syria, "due to its strategic importance and position." He noted that statements made by the Syrian leadership towards the Palestinian interests are encouraging. Meanwhile, Palestinian sources told the Syrian officials that Arafat desires to visit Damascus in light of the mediation held by King Abdullah of Jordan. A high-ranking Palestinian official told the paper in Gaza that he can assert that King Abdullah discussed the issue of Arafat's visit to Damascus with President Hafez al-Assad and that the "window for discussions was kept open and that the Egyptian officials are working in the same direction."

The [Israeli] Prime Minister's Report
Volume 3, Number 29
May 20, 1999

Report: Barak Will Withdraw from 75% of West Bank
By Douglas Davis, Jerusalem Post

LONDON - Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak will withdraw from 75 percent of the West Bank, but will insist on retaining an unspecified area along the Jordan Valley, according to the newsletter Foreign Report, to be published here today.

Quoting a "senior leader" of One Israel, it said the depth of territory to be retained along the Jordan River will be determined by negotiations, but that Barak regards this strip as the "eastern final border of Israel."

He envisages most of the West Bank settlements remaining under Israeli sovereignty, with inhabitants of abandoned settlements being given the option of either moving to other settlements or resettling within the Green Line.

No budget is planned for settlements, said the source, and work at Har Homa will be stopped immediately, as will "pirate settlements" that were permitted to develop during the final five-month tenure of outgoing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

While Barak will insist on Jerusalem remaining united under Israeli sovereignty, he will allow a form of "municipal sovereignty" for Palestinians in the city, while handing control of the Moslem holy sites to Jordan's King Abdullah II.

According to the newsletter, Barak is anxious to implement the Wye agreement and move to final-status talks as quickly as possible.

The newsletter quoted the source as saying that while Barak may appear to be more flexible than Netanyahu in negotiations with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, "he is no less tough, maybe more so."

"If Arafat thinks he can return to his old tricks by using the possibility of Hamas operations against Israel as a kind of threat, he will learn very quickly that this tactic cannot work with Barak," said the source.

In a related development, the newsletter reports that the South Lebanese Army is in the process of disintegration.

The force is unable to recruit soldiers to man its positions, while some SLA officers and men are suspected of working for Hizbullah.

It said Israel has failed to find a replacement for SLA commander Gen. Antoine Lahad and noted that the commander of the SLA training camp, along with hundreds of SLA soldiers, have emigrated to Sweden.

It also reports that members of the SLA General Security Service, enticed by offers of "amnesty," have defected to Hizbullah with the names of their agents.

Even though the SLA soldiers are still being paid, fed, trained, and armed by Israel, added the newsletter, many have switched their allegiance to Hizbullah.

Jordan's king to visit Kuwait

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: TampaBay Online (AP)

Sun May 23 , 1999 -- King Abdullah of Jordan has accepted an invitation to visit Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Cabinet said Sunday. The two countries have recently ended a nine-year rift. Unlike Gulf Arab nations and several Arab states, Jordan did not join the U.S.-led coalition against Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Many Kuwaitis felt Jordan favored Iraq. Relations began to improve in 1996 when Jordan distanced itself from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. A Cabinet statement said the emir, Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, received a letter from King Abdullah indicating he has accepted an invitation to visit. It did not say if any dates have been set. King Abdullah assumed the throne on Feb. 7, hours after his father, King Hussein, died of cancer. Abdullah's wife, Queen Rania, grew up in Kuwait, where her father worked as a physician. The family left after the 1990 Iraqi invasion. Jordan's embassy in Kuwait reopened in March but is headed by a charg e d'affaires, not an ambassador.

Three ecomonic agreements between Syria and Jordan

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Sun May 23 , 1999 -- Syria and Jordan signed yesterday three agreements to enhance cooperation in the fields of agriculture, electricity and mineral wealth. From the Syrian side, Minister of Agriculture Asad Mustafa signed the agreement, while Jordanian Minister of Agriculture Hashem Shboul signed for Jordan. Sources said, "The agreement runs for five years and will be automatically renewed unless one of the two sides objects." He added that it calls for establishing a joint marketing front for agricultural products that include crops and vegetables. Syrian Minister of Electricity Munib Saim al-Dahar and his Jordanian counterpart Suleiman Abu-Alam signed a note of understanding that calls for enhancing cooperation in the fields of energy, electricity and finishing the bilateral electric link project. Jordanian Minister of Irrigation Kamel Mahadin and his Syrian counterpart Abdul Rahman al-Madani signed the special procedures for establishing a dam that was agreed on, providing necessary money from some Arab and intimate funds.

Jordan, Syria sign agreement on oil

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Ha'aretz

Sun May 23 , 1999 -- In another sign of improving ties between Jordan and Syria, the two Arab neighbors yesterday signed an agreement paving the way for closer cooperation in oil and natural gas exploration and energy sharing. The agreement allows for the use of Syrian expertise in oil and gas exploration in Jordan, which has no known oil reserves, Jordan's Petra news agency said. The agreement also envisages swift measures for linking the two countries' electrical grid later this year as part of a regional project already underway, the agency said. Jordanian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Suleiman Abu-Olleim and Syrian electricity and energy officials signed the accord in a Damascus ceremony earlier in the day. Relations with Syria improved when King Abdullah ascended to the Jordanian throne three months ago, succeeding his father, the late King Hussein. The two countries had a falling out after Hussein cut a peace deal with Israel in 1994. Syria last week began pumping water to parched Jordan to help ease its acute water shortages resulting from a severe regional drought

King Abdullah of Jordan to meet with pope

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Reuters

Mon May 24 , 1999 -- King Abdullah of Jordan is to meet Pope John Paul in the Vatican on June 4, an envoy of the pope said on Sunday. `King Abdullah will be received by the Pope,'' said Dominique Rezeau, charge d'affaires of the pope in Amman. He gave no further details of the king's trip and Jordanian officials declined to confirm the meeting, which would follow King Abdullah's planned visit to France on June 2 and talks in Amman with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah on June 3. Jordan's Abdullah, king for only three months, has already travelled to the Gulf Arab states and North Africa. He has yet to return from a four-nation tour of the Europe and North America and is due to travel Tunis and Algeria at the end of this month. He has repeatedly expressed optimism about the Middle East peace process and said Arab states would respond positively if Israel showed real commitment to make peace with Palestinians and with neighbouring Syria.

Abdullah talks peace with NY Jews

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Jerusalem Post

Mon May 24 , 1999 -- Jordan's King Abdullah II, continuing his rounds in the US, yesterday eagerly reiterated his euphoria with Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak's victory at a breakfast meeting with the Presidents Conference at Manhattan's Regency Hotel. "There's such a sense of euphoria in the Middle East now, replacing the months and years of frustration," said Abdullah."If something doesn't happen in the next three or four months, I fear that the backlash will be even worse than it was a couple of months ago." Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat "see eye-to-eye on how to move ahead," he told New York's Jewish leaders, a Park Avenue site known for the "power breakfast." The buoyant monarch deftly sidestepped questions about UN resolution 181, the 1947 partition resolution, which he referred to as part of the agitation during the Israeli election campaign. He did not assign any blame, saying instead that both sides have created "complications." "I think we have to put the past behind us," said Abdullah, who employed all sorts of standard phrases to indicate that, as far as he was concerned, the past is past. There was, he said, both a new start and a clean slate. When asked a general question about refugees, Abdullah said: "We do believe in the right of return," but then quickly added that the final-status issues are "complicated."

He became mildly somber when asked about Jerusalem. "For everyone, Jerusalem is the most sensitive issue," he said. When asked about access to the Old City, Abdullah said that Jerusalem had been kept "extremely well," and made no reference to Jordan's previous sovereignty of the city, in which Jewish access to the holy sites had been barred. "Jerusalem is bigger than the boundaries of the city," Abdullah said. "It touches hearts everywhere."

Jordan raising its profile among Arabs

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Ha'aretz

Mon May 24 , 1999 -- Jordan is raising its profile as a venue for high-level diplomatic contacts in the region, with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud going to Amman with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamel Harazi this coming Saturday, and a high-ranking Saudi Arabian delegation due next week. According to a front page article in A Ra'i, the official newspaper of the kingdom, the visits are part of King Abdullah's effort to position his country as an intermediary capable of helping the peace process because of Jordan's unique position as a friend of both Israel and the Arab world. The paper specifically noted that with the departure of the extremist Likud and the arrival of the moderate Labor Party in the Israeli government, Jordan will have a central role in bringing viewpoints closer.

Jordan's King To Meet With Arafat

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Newsday (AP)

Tue May 25 , 1999 -- King Abdullah of Jordan will hold talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Wednesday during the king's first visit to the autonomous Palestinian areas. Arafat's office said in a statement Tuesday that Abdullah and Arafat would discuss the Mideast peace process. The meeting is to take place at Arafat's Gaza City headquarters. In Amman, government officials said the talks with Arafat will focus on forging a unified Arab stance prior to resumed peace negotiations under a new Israeli government headed by Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak. The meeting is part of contacts under way to convene a five-way summit that would gather Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinians, the officials said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. Abdullah has said he seeks closer Arab coordination to thwart any Israeli attempt to divide Arabs by advancing negotiations with Syria and Lebanon while stalling on a final settlement with the Palestinians. Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.

King Abdullah calls for strong Egypt-Jordan-Palestinian coordination

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: Arabic News

Thu May 27 , 1999 -- Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Hussein and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat have asserted the need for "continued Jordanian- Palestinian coordination and the tripartite Jordanian, Egyptian and Palestinian coordination prior to starting the final status negotiations with the Israeli side." The two sides agreed on the need "to revitalize Arab coordination on all levels and to give such a coordination a dimension and level that complies with the forthcoming phase of negotiations so as to assure Arab backing for the Palestinian negotiators and the importance of attaining Palestinian rights, especially the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a capital." King Abdullah and Arafat also underlined the importance of resuming negotiations on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks according to the Madrid terms of reference. Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdil Ilah al-Khatib said upon reading the joint statement released by the bilateral summit between King Abdullah and Yasser Arafat that, "Arab coordination is of special significance in this phase when all sights are directed towards achievements in the peace process after this process is being accelerated on all tracks." The visit of King Abdullah Bin Hussein is the first of its kind since he assumed power in succession of his father, King Hussein. The Jordanian King was accompanied by a high-ranking Jordanian delegation including Prince Hashem Bin Hussein, Prime Minister Abdul Raouf al-Rawabdeh, the chairman of the Royal court Abdul Karim al-Kabareiti, the King's advisor Salah Abu Zeid, Foreign Minister Abdul Ilah al-Khatib, Information Minister Nasser al-Louzi, Minister of the Interior Nayed al-Qadi and Trade Minister Muhammad Asfour.

Abdullah sends a message to Syria

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: IsraeliWire

Thu May 27 , 1999 -- Following his Wednesday meeting in Gaza with PLO Authority (PA) Chief Yassir Arafat, King Abdullah of Jordan sent a senior messenger to Damascus with a letter for President Hafez el-Assad. The king called for increased Arab unity following the election of Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak in Israel and reports from Amman stated that the king on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister-elect Barak as well as President el-Assad and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

King Abdullah wants A position as mediator

Weekend News Today
By Andra Brack
Source: IsraeliWire

Thu May 27 , 1999 -- Greeted with a red carpet royal welcome, Jordan's King Abdullah arrived in the PLO Authority (PA) autonomous city of Gaza on Wednesday. PA Chief Yassir Arafat was on hand to greet the ruler of the Hashemite Kingdom. Arafat and the king discussed the Oslo process with Israel, with the king expressing his wishes to establish himself as a mediator between Israel and the PA. Arafat reportedly expressed his support for a five-way summit to include the leaders of Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan even before Prime Minister-elect, Ehud Barak, forms his new government. A five-way summit has the backing of Egypt and Jordan, but might be difficult to convene because of long-standing hostility between Arafat and Syrian President Hafez el-Assad. PA officials are concerned that Israel's desire to withdraw from the security zone of southern Lebanon will pressure the new government into negotiating a deal with the governments of Lebanon and Syria, possibly leaving the Oslo process and the PA on the backburner. Abdullah's trip Wednesday was his first to the autonomous areas. An accomplished pilot like his father, the late King Hussein, Abdullah sat in the cockpit when his Tri-Star jet landed at Gaza International Airport.

Saturday, May 29, 1999: The News Channel

Lebanese President in Jordan

AMMAN (AFP) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahoud arrived here Saturday for talks with Jordan's King Abdallah, the first such visit in over 10 years.

The president was welcomed at the airport by the Hashemite monarch before heading off to start their talks.

The two leaders are expected to discuss ways of coordinating a common Arab approach to the Middle East peace process following the election of Labor leader Ehud Barak as Israel's prime minister on May 17.

The talks are due to touch on Israel's occupation of south Lebanon and other regional issues as well as bilateral trade.

Following Barak's election, the Palestinians have been making efforts to convene a summit with the Arab states most directly concerned by the Middle East peace process -- Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Barak has pledged to withdraw from Lebanon within a year and resume peace negotiations with Lebanon and Syria.

Lahoud's visit is only his second trip outside Lebanon since taking office on November, and the first by a Lebanese president to Jordan since 1987. In February he visited Syria, the main power broker in Lebanon.

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