On Jordanian efforts to revive Middle East peace
Syria-Regional, Politics, 9/21/1999
The Jordanian weekly al-Hadath said in its most recent issue that the wheel of secret talks has been reescalated in the region and that Amman has replaced Cairo as a main and pivotal mediator to revitalize the negotiations with Israel on various tracks, with a special concentration on the Syrian track in light of the several visits -- some declared and others covert -- carried out by high-ranking Jordanian officials to Damascus, during which they conveyed exchanged messages between Israel and Syria.
In a report, the paper added that the names of the Jordanian officials who mediated were not disclosed except the visits of the chief of the royal court, Abdul Karim al-Kabareiti, to Damascus.
Diplomatic reports said that the US-backed efforts approved by the Egyptian leadership succeeded in restoring the warmth of the telephone lines severed by the two countries' negotiators.
Al-Hadath added that during early stages of the Jordanian mediation, the Syrian and Israeli leaders started to nominate the heads of their delegations to the negotiations, which will be resumed shortly between the two countries at a state-run farm in Virginia.
The paper added that in this negotiation Riyadh al-Dawoudi will replace Syrian ambassador Walid al-Mu'allim, while the Israeli delegation will be led by Gen. Uri Sagi.
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