Jordan reiterates objection to U.S. strike on Iraq, use of its lands to launch attacks
Jordan rejected Wednesday the use of force against Iraq and would not allow foreign troops to use its lands in an attack against its eastern neighbor and main trade partner, a Cabinet minister said.
"Our position is well known and very clear," Information Minister Mohammad Affash Adwan told The Associated Press. "We will not allow our land and our skies to be used as a launching pad for any foreign troops to mount an attack on Iraq. Jordan rejects the principle of interfering in the internal affairs of any brotherly Arab country under any justification," he said.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that U.S. military planners were considering using bases in Jordan to launch air and commando raids in the event of an assault on Iraq.
"We are against any strike against Iraq and we believe that the Iraqi problem can only be resolved through dialogue between Iraq and the United Nations," Adwan added.
Adwan said Jordan’s Monarch Abdullah II has been "doing his best" through continuous regional and international contacts to "prevent any military attack against" Iraq. (Albawaba.com)