Jordan: No Palestinian confederation before state

Jordan's King Abdullah II told European Union envoys the issue of forming a confederation with the Palestinians would not be raised until the establishment of an independent state. "The concept of Jordanian-Palestinian confederation or federation is not in our dictionary, and we won't tackle this issue for the time being," Abdullah said in remarks carried by the official Petra news agency. The Jordanian government has repeatedly expressed its concern that a confederation before a final settlement could give credence to Israeli hard-liners who have urged making Jordan home for the 2.5 million Arab residents of the West Bank.