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House Praises King Hussein

February 11, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The House approved without dissent Wednesday a resolution praising the late King Hussein of Jordan for his ``enlightened leadership″ and his efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

The resolution, passed 420-0, also expressed U.S. support for the new government under Hussein’s son, King Abdullah II. The Senate approved the resolution Monday.

Rep. Ben Gilman, R-N.Y., the International Relations Committee chairman, who represented the House at Hussein’s funeral Monday, said Hussein was a ``true survivor″ who ``succeeded through the sheer force of will as well as his dedication, his persistence and his vision for a brighter future.″

House Minority Whip David Bonior, D-Mich., who also attended the funeral in Amman, Jordan, praised the king as ``a man of honor, a man of wisdom and, beyond anything else, a man of peace.″

``King Hussein contributed to the cause of peace with tireless energy,″ the resolution said. Congress ``extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of King Hussein and to all the people of Jordan in this difficult time,″ it said.

The resolution expresses ``support and best wishes for the new government of Jordan under King Abdullah″ and reiterates a U.S. commitment ``to strengthening the vital relationship between our two governments and people.″

The resolution is to be sent to Hussein’s family.

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