Jordanian king: Palestinian-Israeli peace will succeed with US help


Days after White House talks with President Barack Obama, Jordan’s king says that Palestinian-Israeli “peace will succeed” with America’s help.

Abdullah II did not provide an explanation for his optimism.

He also urged that visiting U.S. businessmen make bigger investments in Jordan, saying they should not be dissuaded by the “short-term” popular revolutions that have unseated two Arab leaders so far.

He says investing in Jordan allows them access to three world continents, 350 million Arab consumers and a cheap, bilingual and skilled Jordanian labor.

Tuesday, Abdullah and Obama discussed the Mideast uprisings as well as the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

Abdullah’s spoke Saturday to visiting U.S. businessmen from companies including Hilton Hotels, Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Microsoft Corp., General Electric Co., Citigroup Inc., Raytheon Co. and Boeing Co.

Photo: Jordan’s King Abdullah delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the Jordan-U.S. Business Forum at King Hussein Business Park in Amman May 21, 2011.