King Abdullah II of Jordan Starts Talks with Syrian President

Published May 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

King Abdullah II of Jordan and Syrian President Hafez el-Assad went in for talks about the peace process immediately after the king's arrival in Damascus Sunday, Reported AFP. 

Presidential spokesman Joubran Kourieh said Assad also wanted to discuss bilateral cooperation and the situation in the Arab world, said Reuters.  

The agency quoted diplomats said the king, due to go to the United States this week for talks with President Bill Clinton, would also discuss Israel's planned withdrawal from south Lebanon.  

The king, who was welcomed at the airport by Assad and high-ranking Syrian officials, is accompanied by Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah Khatib and royal cabinet chief Fayez Tarawneh. 

Syrian Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa Miro and Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara joined the talks on the Syrian side. 

Matters linked to an expected Israeli military withdrawal from southern Lebanon by July and the frozen Syrian-Israeli track of peace negotiations will be at the center of the brief trip, Jordanian officials said before the king left Amman. 

King Abdullah's visit -- his third to Syria since he came to the throne in February 1999 -- follows trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during which he and his hosts discussed the possibility of holding an Arab summit and the setbacks in peace process – (Several sources) 

 

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