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On maiden visit, Jordan's King Abdullah hails India
December 01, 2006 00:18 IST
Jordan sought India's support on Thursday to resolve the Palestinian issue, contending that delay or failure to settle the matter could have 'unimaginable consequences' for all countries.
Hailing India, the Jordanian King said it has been in the forefront of the emerging multipolar world by 'setting global standards for innovation, excellence and creativity'.
Jordanian King Abdullah II Bin El Hussein hoped India and Pakistan can find a peaceful resolution to the 'problem' of Jammu and Kashmir 'that will enable the people of the region to live in peace, which they so rightfully deserve'.
"The core conflict in our region continues to be fuelled by the denial of Palestinian rights and sovereignty. This ongoing crisis is the cause of immense suffering and violence," he said in a lecture soon after his arrival on a three-day visit.
He stressed the need for restoration of confidence which 'means achieving results on the ground, bringing tangible relief to the victims of violence and occupation'.
Favouring granting of 'political horizon' to Palestinians and Israelis that gives them hope to overcome their distrust and fear, the King said 'all this will require support from Arab countries, the Quartet of major powers, and leading nations like yours'.
He said that 'delay and failure will have unimaginable consequences for all our countries' and that 'success will have global benefits, closing one door of opportunity to extremists'.
"This is especially important when we consider the acute situation in Iraq," he said. "This crisis, too, calls urgently for international cooperation -- to stabilise the country, engage all communities in the political process, and rebuild a sovereign, unified and stable Iraq."
Expressing his keenness for furthering bilateral ties with India, he favoured joint ventures and other collaborations in major areas including IT and pharmaceuticals besides cultural and interfaith understanding.