Jordan's king to shuttle to France, Arab capitals to push for ME peace?

Jordan's King Abdullah II will visit France and two Arab capitals in coming days to push for Mideast peace and stability in Iraq, the royal palace said Thursday. Abdullah will make separate trips to Saudi Arabia, France and Egypt after hosting Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi in Amman on Saturday, the palace said. A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to make press statements, said Abdullah's tour will probe a "specific mechanism" for moving ahead in Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking, within the framework of a US-backed international peace conference planned for November.