Jordan wants to consolidate coordination with king Mohammed to settle Arab-Israeli conflict, Abdallah
Jordan-Morocco, Politics, 5/29/2002
King Abdallah of Jordan told MAP news agency he wants to consolidate coordination with King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, to settle Arab-Israeli conflict, given Morocco's role on Arab and international scenes.
"Consultation between H.M. King Mohammed VI and all the heads of Arab states continues in an intensive and continuous manner, given H.M King Mohammed VI's capacity as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee," said King Abdallah in an exclusive interview with MAP news agency.
"We are aware of the will of Morocco to find solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, a solution that will put an end to the Israeli occupation and help Arabs and Palestinians recover their rights in a climate of security and stability for all the peoples of the region," the Jordanian monarch said.
Asked on the prospects of the projected international peace conference, King Abdallah deplored that nine years after the conclusion of the Oslo Accords between Palestinians and Israelis, the two parties are now back to square one. "We saw Israeli bulldozers invade anew the Palestinian territories and we saw violence reaching unprecedented levels," he said.
The idea to convene an international conference came following a courageous proposal on the part of Arab states during the Beirut Summit (end of last March), said King Abdallah.
The Arab summit of Beirut adopted an initiative, brokered by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdallah Ibn Abdelaziz, offering Israel normal relations with Arab countries in exchange of a withdrawal to the pre-1967 broders.
King Abdallah added that his country backs any international initiative geared towards putting a halt to violence and to the Israeli occupation of Arab territories and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
The Jordanian King noted that the achievement of such a goal depends on a well-devised strategy with a clear reference and in coordination with all the parties concerned. This, he said, will help give hope to the Palestinians. "The establishment of a Palestinian state on the Palestinian soil is the sole means to appease tension and restore peace and security in the region," he stressed.
He recalled that he insisted during his latest visit to the USA on the need to directly work towards a final solution. "I endeavoured to see to it that this solution be achieved within a fixed and reasonable deadline," he said.
King Abdallah slammed the Israeli daily incursions in the Palestinian territories and called on the international community to bring Israel to stopping its violations and practices, because, he said "any delay in reaching lasting solutions is not at all in the interest of the region."
The Jordanian king insisted that the Palestinian issue has always been central to his country. "The sufferings of the Palestinian people are ours," he said, adding "that is why we do our best to put an end to these sufferings through mobilizing our resources to backing the Palestinian resistance," he said.
King Abdallah touched on relations between Morocco and Jordan, lauding these ties as "a model of privileged bonds between brothers."
"Relations between Morocco and Jordan have been built on solid foundations of brotherhood and cooperation with positive achievements that serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples, as well as those of our united Arab ummah (Nation)," he said.
He underlined that the official visit King Mohammed VI is currently paying to Jordan offers a distinguished opportunity to study various aspects of cooperation between the two Arab states. "We will do our best to develop these ties and activate the already concluded conventions," he said, adding that economic cooperation is among the priority topics debated with King Mohammed VI during his visit to Jordan.
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