Clinton, King Abdullah discuss Middle East peace, bilateral relations
Jordan-USA, Politics, 10/14/1999
Talks held between President Clinton and Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Hussein on Tuesday afternoon in Washington dealt with means of giving the Middle East peace process and economic relations between the two countries a push forward.
US officials stressed that the US administration did not receive from the Jordanian side any message sent by the Iraqi leadership and that the US has repeated its stand which is built on the for Baghdad to abide by UN Security Council resolutions.
Earlier in the day, the Jordanian king, who is on a private visit to the US, met with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her senior aides in a breakfast banquet at the house of King Abdullah in Washington. US State Department sources described these talks as positive, during which a 40-minute closed-door meeting was held between the king and President Clinton.
Officials at the US State Department said that the US reiterated the importance of reviving multilateral talks and that the two sides noted the positive developments on the Palestinian- Israeli track and discussions on recent activities concerning the Israeli-Syrian track.
The US official added that King Abdullah talks with Albright centered on economic and bilateral issues.
US National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said that President Clinton stressed during the meeting his country's backing for Jordan and that the talks between the two sides, which lasted for 40 minutes, centered on economic matters. The US spokesman added that King Abdullah briefed the US President with his own viewpoint concerning matters in the region.
Hammer added that President Clinton asserted the pledge he vowed to the late Jordanian King Hussein during the negotiations of the Wye River agreement in October 1998 to provide Jordan with additional aid estimated at US $300 million within three years.
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