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Summary of a meeting between Prime Minister Barak and King Abdullah

Tel Aviv, (August 22, 2000)

In an effort to explain to the Jordanian monarch what had happened in Camp David and to enlist his support for the continued Israel-PA dialogue, PM Barak traveled to Amman on 16 August for a meeting with King Abdallah. On 22 August, King Abdullah met with Chairman Arafat in Ramallah, and later that day he and Prime Minister Barak held talks in Tel Aviv. The King stated that peace between Israel, the Palestinians and Syria was strategically important for Jordan. Text:

Prime Minister Ehud Barak met yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), 22.8.2000, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, with King Abdullah of Jordan; the two men discussed the peace process and bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Barak expressed his appreciation for the King's role in advancing the peace process and recalled the contribution of the latter's late father, King Hussein, who had worked so closely with the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Prime Minister Barak emphasized that the ball is now in Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's court, as are the keys for moving the peace process forward. King Abdullah noted that Jordan views peace agreements with the Palestinians and Syria as strategically important and praised Prime Minister Barak for his courage, determination and commitment to the peace process.

The two men agreed to continue their dialogue in the near future due to both the importance of the issue and time constraints.

Source: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs