Assad in Jordan for first time since 2005

Visit meant as an attempt to heal rift between two countries ahead of upcoming Arab League summit.

By
March 20, 2009 16:35
1 minute read.
Assad in Jordan for first time since 2005

assad and abdullah ready for love 298.88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Syrian president and the king of Jordan agreed on Friday that Arabs must achieve a unified stance in the face of regional challenges, according to a statement from the palace in Amman. The statement followed a brief visit by President Bashar Assad to Jordan in an effort to patch up ties ahead of an upcoming Arab League summit later this month. The Royal Palace statement said King Abdullah and Assad stressed the importance of reconciliation between Palestinian factions - a push for that hit an impasse Thursday when Egyptian-mediated talks between the sides broke down without a deal on a national unity government. This was Assad's first visit to Jordan since 2005 and it followed the Syrian president's meeting last week with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait. Syria has been feuding with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan over several issues - especially its close alliance with Iran and certain Palestinian and Lebanese groups. The palace statement also said Abdullah and Assad discussed the Arab peace initiative, which calls for an Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab lands and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. The initiative was first introduced by Saudi Arabia but has won approval of other Arab states. Assad later returned to Damascus.

Related Content

Syrian forces of President Bashar Assad are seen on al-Haara hill in Quneitra area, Syria
July 18, 2018
Syrian army pounds city of Nawa, causing casualties, residents say

By REUTERS