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Saudi Crown Prince Visits Jordan

June 3, 1999

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah arrived in Jordan on Thursday for talks on Middle East peacemaking and economic cooperation.

Jordanian King Abdullah greeted the Saudi prince as a 21-gun salute boomed at Amman’s Marka military air base. Talks were scheduled to begin in the evening.

Officials said the leaders would coordinate their positions on peace negotiations between the new Israeli government under Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak and Israel’s Arab neighbors _ namely Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians.

Jordan and Egypt _ the only two Arab states at peace with Israel _ are trying to revive the peace talks, which were deadlocked under Barak’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Saudi prince flew in from neighboring Syria, where he met with Syrian President Hafez Assad.

High on Jordan’s agenda in talks with the Saudi prince were joint business ventures and the lifting a nine-year Saudi ban on agricultural imports from Jordan, officials said on customary condition of anonymity. Jordan also wants Saudi Arabia to write off more than $200 million in debts, the officials said.

Jordan is the sixth stop on a tour that has already taken the Saudi prince to South Africa, Italy, Morocco and Libya. He is scheduled to depart for Egypt on Friday.

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