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King of Jordan in 'historic' West Bank visit

Dec. 6, 2012 11:52 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 15, 2012 3:05 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Ramallah on Thursday, in the first visit by an Arab leader since Palestine's admission to the United Nations as a state.

President Mahmoud Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, welcomed the king along with PLO and Fatah members as well as ministers and members of clergy.

Jordan’s premier Abdullah al-Nusoor was to accompany Abdullah along with foreign minister Nasser Judah and other officials.

PA foreign minister Riyad al-Malki described the visit as "historic."

At a news conference with Jordanian foreign minister Nasser Judah, al-Malki stressed the strong relations between Palestine and Jordan, saying their matched on many issues.

Al-Malki said the Ramallah municipality would name one of the main streets after Abdullah in honor of his visit as the first foreign leader since the UN upgrade.

Judah stressed that the king of Jordan was always ready to host Abbas in Amman.

He said Jordan rejected Israeli settlement plans, adding the kingdom's condemnation to the international uproar raised over Israel's latest plans to expand in a sensitive area of the occupied West Bank.

Both officials said negotiations with Israel could begin now that the UN bid was accepted.
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