Jordan's King Sees 'Window of Hope' in Syrian-Israel Peace Talks

Published May 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

King Abdullah II of Jordan has voiced confidence in the resumption of the beleaguered Arab-Israeli peace talks, saying he saw a "window of hope" on the Syrian-Israeli track, according to news reports Sunday. 

Abdullah made the remarks Saturday in Iceland hours before his arrival in New York at the start of 10-day visit to the United States during which he will meet UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and US President Bill Clinton. 

"I think that we can be optimistic about the peace process," the monarch told Icelandic television, according to the official Jordanian news agency Petra which broadcast the interview Sunday. 

"The Israeli-Palestinian track is moving along and we have seen many developments over the past few months and we sometimes come upon obstacles, but that's to be expected," the king said. 

"I think that we will witness over the next two months big efforts," he added. 

The king said he was likewise optimistic of progress being made on the Syrian-Israeli track, so long as both sides focus on the fundamentals of peace. 

"I still believe there is a window of hope on the Syrian track," he said. 

"If we manage to bring both sides together and if they cast aside their differences, this will be a step in the right direction," the Jordanian king said - AMMAN (AFP) 



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