Mubarak, King Abdullah discuss pushing forward the peace process, reject the Apartheid wall
Egypt-Jordan, Politics, 1/21/2004
Egypt and Jordan have renewed their rejection for Israel's building of the Apartheid wall in the West Bank. This was expressed in conclusion of the talks the Jordanian King Abdullah II held with the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.
The Egyptian minister of information Safwat al-Sharif told journalists following the talks that "Egypt and Jordan have their own principled stand in rejecting the execution of the wall." Replying to a question on warnings made by the Israeli prime minister on Monday to Jordan that it will loose much from the deterioration of relations with Israel because of its participation in the current international campaign against building the separation wall in the West Bank, the Egyptian minister said that this statement had no impact on the Jordanian leadership.
Sharif stressed that Mubarak discussed with the Jordanian king "several international issues and their reflections on the Arab region and the Middle East." He said that the two leaders discussed Arab conditions and they reviewed main trends stated in the work papers debated to develop Arab work before the experts committee which includes several legal figures in order to crystallize these papers and submit them to the council of the Arab foreign ministers" which will be held on February 10, in Cairo in order to prepare for the project of developing the the Arab League which is expected to be approved by the Arab League in the next half of March in Tunisia.
Sharif added that the summit dealt with results of the Egyptian- Jordanian contacts in order to push forward the peace process and results of the dialogue with the Palestinian groups and Mubarak's message to the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon. He indicated that the two Egyptian and Jordanian leaders have similar view points towards the Iraqi issue. He said that "President Mubarak briefed King Abdullah with the results of meetings between him and the Arab leaders including the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and there was identical stance in the view points between Egypt and Jordan towards the Iraqi issue." On the bilateral level, al-Sharif said that the two leaders underlined the importance of bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Jordan in all fields especially in the economic area and joint projects and increasing the volume of trade exchange as well as the joint Arab natural gas line. On whether there are fears from the Syrian side on extending the gas line in future to Israel, al-Sharif said "there are no fears of that sort." King Abdullah left Cairo following the end of the talks heading for Morocco where he will hold talks with King Muhammad VI.
Meantime, the Saudi news agency said that King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz received a telephone call from Mubarak during which he had discussed with him "excellent relations between the two countries and the situation in the region." The telephone call came after the meeting held in Cairo between the Egyptian Foreign minister Ahmed Maher, his Saudi peer Saud al-Faisal with the secretary general of the Arab league Amr Moussa on Iraq, the Middle East and reforming the Arab League.
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