Jordan’s King Abdullah Suffers Minor Illness

Published May 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

King Abdullah II cancelled his work schedule Saturday after contracting a minor ailment due to fatigue, the head of Jordan's royal cabinet said Saturday. 

"The king suffers from muscle twitching and back pains that have led him to take 24 hours of rest upon the advice of his doctor," Fayez Tarawneh said. 

The cabinet chief said Abdullah II would resume his normal schedule Sunday, when he is due to visit Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in Damascus. 

The king delayed until Tuesday a meeting set for Saturday with the leaders of the Jordanian parliament's two chambers to open a special session, Tarawneh said. 

The king met Saturday with Prime Minister Abdel Rauf Rawabdeh, House of Representatives President Abdel Hadi Majali and Senate President Zeid Rifai to reassure them of his good health, Tarawneh said. 

The monarch, 38, came back Friday from a weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

Friday evening, the king spoke by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and highlighted the "need to make tangible progress on the Palestinian front of the peace process in a manner that re-establishes confidence in the process," according to the official Jordanian news agency, Petra. 

The king also spoke Friday with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who told him of the UN role "in maintaining security in Lebanon after the Israeli departure," Petra said -- AMMAN (AFP)  


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