Jordan Preparing For Beirut Summit: Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Arrive in Cairo to Coordinate Arab Positions
Jordan, chairman of the current session of the forthcoming Arab summit, is pursuing political activities in order to coordinate Arab countries’ positions on conditions regarding the Arab occupied territories as well as the recent peace initiative of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.
Jordan’s Prime Minister Ali Abul Ragheb and Foreign Minister Dr. Marwan al-Muaashar arrived in Cairo on Monday and met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and high-ranking officials in the framework of a tour that is to include Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, according to KUNA.
An official source in Cairo told journalists that Abu Ragheb conveyed a message from the Jordanian King to Mubarak dealing with regional affairs and issues regarding the upcoming Arab summit.
The source confirmed that Abu Ragheb's visit was part of inter-Arab consultations on Arab, international issues and the possibility of unifying Arab positions prior to the forthcoming Arab summit, scheduled to be held next week in Beirut.
The two Jordanian officials are due to continue on to Riyadh for high-level talks for the same purpose before traveling on to Beirut on Wednesday.
Libya has rejected the Saudi peace plan, which envisages full Israeli withdrawal from Arab territories, occupied in 1967, in exchange for the Arabs' normalization of relations with Israel. According to Jordanian political sources, Iraq, during the summit, would maintain its passive stand on the Saudi initiative. (Albawaba.com)
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