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Jordan Calls for Arab Solidarity in Quest for Peace - 2002-03-18

Jordan's foreign minister says no effort should be spared to restore calm in the Middle East and that no added aggression will be tolerated. The Jordanian foreign minister commented after talks with Egyptian officials.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan El Muasher said his country welcomes any plans that will help end violence against Palestinians, but he told Egyptian television that there are some ideas that Jordan will not support.

He said Jordan rejects any attack against Iraq, and he said the Jordanian position was stressed during talks with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. He said Jordan warned of what he calls "the danger and hazards" of any attack against Iraq on the Middle East economically and politically, added to the fact that it would be an attack against a brotherly Arab nation.

The head of the Jordanian delegation, Prime Minister Ali Abu El Raghab, delivered a message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from Jordan's King Abdullah that called for greater Arab solidarity in the quest for regional peace.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher also attended the talks. He said the Jordanian prime minister and Egyptian president discussed efforts to end what he called "the tragedy in Palestine caused by antagonistic Israeli policies." Mr. Maher said the two leaders also discussed the Saudi Arabian peace proposal to be formally offered at the Arab League summit in Beirut late this month.

Mr. Mubarak's meeting Monday with the Jordanian delegation is part of a series of intra-Arab talks. The Egyptian president is scheduled to meet with the Saudi foreign minister Tuesday and with Syria's president on Wednesday.