For Israel, business as usual in Amman

Foreign Ministry Dir.-Gen. Prosor visits Jordan after Annan backs out of visit.

Foreign Ministry director-general Ron Prosor went Thursday to where UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dared not go: Amman a day after three suicide bombs rocked the Jordanian capital. While Annan, currently in Saudi Arabia, postponed his trip "in light of the bombings" and was scheduled to go to Jordan on Friday, Prosor went ahead with previously scheduled meetings in the capital. Prosor, who met with a number of senior Jordanian officials, said that they were greatly appreciative of the gesture. "We are a country which has suffered terror, and I decided to go ahead with the original program to carry out the meetings to send a message that we continue with day-to-day life despite the terror," Prosor said. Prosor brought a condolence letter from Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom to Jordanian Foreign Minister Farouk Kasrawi. Prosor said it was not clear whether King Abdullah would go ahead with plans to come to Israel briefly on Monday to take part in ceremonies commemorating a decade since Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon phoned Abdullah Thursday to extend his condolences. According to Sharon's office, Sharon said that it was "forbidden to compromise with extremist terror and that it must be fought with determination." Abdullah, according to Sharon's office, thanked him for his call and said that "it warms the heart knowing that in these difficult times Jordan has friends standing by its side."