Jordan's King Abdullah to visit Iraq

Jordan has confirmed that King Abdullah II will visit Iraq to become the first Arab head of state to make the trip since the 2003 war that toppled Saddam Hussein. Government spokesman Nasser Judeh on Tuesday gave the first public confirmation of the visit from Jordan. Iraqi officials announced the trip last week. Officials in both countries declined to disclose the date for security reasons. But it was believed that it would take place Wednesday. The spokesman said Abdullah would discuss closer economic ties and reconciliation between Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites. Sunni Arab nations have been wary of the Iraqi government's ties to Shi'ite power Iran. But last week, Jordan named an ambassador to Baghdad, signaling improved ties.