Jordan to return envoy to Israel only if it helps peace: Mulki (AFP-FRANCE PRESSE) AMMAN 02/03/05 6:44 AM ET)
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AMMAN (AFP) - Jordan will only return its ambassador to neighboring
Israel if the move would help advance the Arab-Israeli peace process,
Foreign Minister Hani Mulki told reporters.
"We will not be sending the ambassador as a decor of a relation,"
Mulki said Thursday. "We will be sending him back as part of a
process in which we see that he is instrumental in pushing the peace
Both Egypt and Jordan withdrew their ambassadors from Tel Aviv
shortly after the start of the Palestinian intifada in September 2000
in protest at Israel´s attempts to quell the uprising.
But Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said he believed next
week´s Middle East summit in Sharm el-Sheikh will be the cue for
Egypt and Jordan -- the only two Arab countries to have peace
treaties with their Jewish neighbours -- to upgrade diplomatic ties
by returning their ambassadors to Tel Aviv.
Mulki insisted that the return of Jordan´s ambassador to Tel Aviv was
pegged "to the need to help make progress in the peace process on the
Palestinian and other tracks".
Egypt will host February 8 a landmark summit between Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon (and Palestinian Authority president Mahmud
Abbas which will be also attended by Jordan´s King Abdullah II and
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. (Copyright © 2005 Agence France
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