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King Hussein Gets Peace Award

March 17, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Amid an eclectic mix of people including athletes and diplomats, Jordan’s King Hussein and his American-born wife, Queen Noor, were honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for their efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

``Certainly our hopes were for greater progress ... for the people of the entire region to enjoy the freedom of working together ... That this has not been achieved is true. But it must and it will, God willing,″ King Hussein said Monday after receiving the humanitarian award inscribed with the Hebrew word ``shalom,″ which means peace.

Over 600 guests attended the awards dinner and ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan.

Olympic figure skating gold medalist Tara Lipinski and golfer Greg Norman were there _ shoulder to shoulder with Henry Kissinger, Donald Trump, the ambassadors of Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, and numerous Jordanian and Israeli officials.

The Wiesenthal Center is an international human rights organization based in Los Angeles and dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action.

Previous award winners include Al Gore, Andrei Sakharov and Margaret Thatcher.

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