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January 27, 2003

Jordan's King Tells World Forum that Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Should Top U.S. Agenda

An interesting exchange of views, but note the audience response when asked about Arafat's signing any peace treaty with Israel.
Millions of people in the Middle East believe the United States is indifferent to the region's fate, Jordan's King Abdullah said Sunday, urging Washington to commit itself anew to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Abdullah said there was little chance of avoiding war in Iraq. "We're a bit too little too late," he said. "Today I think the mechanisms are in place ... It would take a miracle to find dialogue and a peaceful solution."

He said peace must give the Palestinians a state big enough for a functioning economy, and guaranteed securities for both populations.

"With clear, committed leadership from Washington, the vast majority of Palestinians and Israelis will choose coexistence and peace," Abdullah said.