Jordanian king, Zapatero in talks over Middle East

23rd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 February 2005, MADRID- Jordan's King Abdullah II was holding talks with the Spanish premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iraq.

23 February 2005

MADRID- Jordan's King Abdullah II was holding talks with the Spanish premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iraq.

The Hashemite sovereign arrived in Madrid on Tuesday evening to attend a reception hosted by Spanish King Juan Carlos at the Zarzuela royal palace.

The two monarchs were then due to attend a Champions League match at the Santiago-Bernabeu stadium between Real Madrid and Italian giants Juventus, whicht the Spanish team won 1-0.

After talks with Zapatero, the king will head to France for talks with French President Jacques Chirac.

He will then head for Britain to meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair and then to Germany for talks with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

In an interview published in Spanish daily El Pais on Sunday, King Abdullah urged all ethnic groups to join Iraq's new government, while calling for extreme caution on the West's dealings with Iran over the latter's nuclear programme.

He also said he saw growing signs that Israelis and Palestinians are determined to edge towards peace following the election of Mahmud Abbas as Palestinian leader and believed that the door to regional democratic reform was opening.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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