Jordanian king calls on the Arab summit to agree on reforms
Jordan-Regional, Politics, 3/18/2004
The Jordanian King Abdullah II yesterday called on the next Arab summit to work for enhancing democratic reforms in the region so as to avoid imposing it from the outside.
In an interview with the Turkish TV "NTV" the Jordanian king said that "reforms should come from the inside. We hope an agreement will be reached on this matter" in the forthcoming Arab summit which will be held in Tunisia on march 29 and 30.
The King whose statements were translated into Turkish language added " I do fear to face the instructions of the international community in case we do not reach an agreement in Tunis ÉForeign pressure has only a passive effect." The Jordanian king who ended a two- day official visit to Istanbul considered that the " Palestinian- Israeli conflict constitutes one of the main sources to feed terrorism. If we do not settle this problem, terrorism will increase."
Earlier in the day and in a meeting with Turkish businessmen, the King called on moderate Muslims to condemn the extremist Islamic circles. The Turkish Anadolia news agency quoted him as saying " the Muslim Majority should say "this is enough" and to show the world that those " extremists" do not represent the "real people."
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