His Majesty King Abdullah II Meets U.S. Official

19 February 2002

His Majesty King Abdullah II expressed worry over the mounting violence in Palestinian areas and the Israeli escalating military operations against the Palestinian people .

King Abdullah made his remarks during a meeting at Beit Al Barakah on Tuesday with Director of Political Planning at the U.S. State Department Richard Hass, currently on a visit to Jordan in the course of a regional tour. The King called upon the United States to pursue its endeavors designed to halt the cycle of violence and restore calm in the Palestinian territories.

During the meeting, which was attended by Royal Court Chief, King Abdullah affirmed that problems in the region can only be settled through dialogue and peaceful means. The policy of violence can only bring more violence and more tension and instability to the region, King Abdullah said.