Jordanian FM refuses ride to Jericho via Israeli car

Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Ilah Khatib on Wednesday "refused" to take an Israeli car to the West Bank city of Jericho, where he took part in a four-party meeting, the pro- government al-Rai newspaper reported Thursday.

Jordanian FM refuses ride to Jericho via Israeli car

Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Ilah Khatib on Wednesday "refused" to take an Israeli car to the West Bank city of Jericho, where he took part in a four-party meeting, the pro- government al-Rai newspaper reported Thursday.

"Khatib categorically refused that his Jordanian car be replaced by an Israeli vehicle after crossing the King Hussein Bridge," a major crossing point on River Jordan, al-Rai said.

The Minister contended that the meeting "was being held over Palestinian land and that the Israeli side has nothing to do with it," it added.

"After a controversy that lasted for 25 minutes, the Jordanian minister was allowed to proceed to the meeting's site in accordance with the Jordanian arrangements," the paper said.

The meeting grouped Khatib, the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat and the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso in a discussion over Japan's agro- industrial park, "the Corridor of Prosperity and Peace."

Khatib expressed Jordan's strong support for the Japanese initiative, but stressed that "such projects should not represent a substitute for achieving progress in the peace process that ensures an end to the Israeli occupation" of Palestinian territories.

Jordan, which concluded a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, is leading an effort to reach a final settlement between the Jewish state and the Palestinians that ensures the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

DPA

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