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Jordan’s King Resumes Tour

July 2, 1999

SAN`A, Yemen (AP) _ Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks in Yemen today, resuming his tour of the Arab world to bolster support for the throne he inherited from his father earlier this year.

Abdullah spoke with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the Middle East peace process and bilateral relations, Yemeni officials said.

Holding an Arab summit to discuss recent developments in the region was also on their agenda, the officials said on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, a Jordanian Royal Palace statement said the king’s talks would focus on Middle East peacemaking and his desire for closer ties with Arab states that had distanced themselves from Jordan during the reign of the late King Hussein.

After Yemen, the king is scheduled to fly to Sudan, Morocco and Mauritania and return home Sunday.

Many Arabs statesmen were critical of Jordan’s perceived pro-Iraqi tilt during the 1990-91 Gulf crisis over Kuwait and its warm ties with Israel after the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty.

Since he became king on Feb. 7, Abdullah has pledged a more balanced approach to relations with Israel and Arabs, saying the one will not be at the expense of the other.

In the past two months, he has visited 12 Arab and western nations on trips officially described as a bid to introduce himself and his policy.

Abdullah, 37, a career soldier, had little political exposure before coming to power.

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