Egypt, Jordan call to give more time to inspectors in Iraq
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak traveled to Jordan on Saturday for talks with King Abdullah II on ways to avert a U.S.-led war on Iraq and end Palestinian-Israeli violence.
Mubarak, accompanied by senior officials including his intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, met with Abdullah at a seaside palace in the Red Sea port of Aqaba.
Both leaders agreed that U.N. inspectors should have more time to search for banned weapons in Iraq and urged Washington not to take unilateral action against Baghdad without a new U.N. mandate.
Jordanian officials said King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak agreed the chances of a war on Iraq were extremely high but hoped the Iraq crisis could still be resolved without military action.
"Both leaders had identical views on the Iraq crisis and the two stressed their support for international efforts to reach a peaceful settlement that rids the region of the shadow of war," one palace official said.
"The two leaders agreed more time has to be given to U.N. inspectors to finish their mission in Iraq especially in light of the Iraqi readiness to allow inspectors full access and their commitment to U.N. resolutions," a palace official told Reuters.
"Both leaders expressed their hope the crisis would be resolved under the umbrella of the United Nations," the official added. (Albawaba.com)