Abdullah 'Refused Meeting'
Abdullah 'Refused to Meet Netanyahu'

Jordanian monarch turned down Prime Minister's request for a secret meeting, says Arab paper.

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Gil Ronen, | updated: 20:50

King Abdullah II
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Jordan's King Abdullah II recently turned down a request from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to hold a secret meeting in Akaba, according to Kuwaiti paper Al Jareeda.
 
Unnamed "well informed sources" told the newspaper that Netanyahu sent a special emissary to the king and requested the meeting, but the King refused, saying that his schedule was overloaded.
 
The sources said that the king is angry with Netanyahu over the position of his government on the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, and over statements by people close to Netanyahu that "Jordan is Palestine." 
 
The report did not name the people who voiced the opinion that Jordan is Palestine. Statements in this vein have recently been made by MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home), a member of the Coalition, and MK Aryeh Eldad of the opposition National Union. They have been made for years by political analysts.
 
The king is also reportedly upset that Netanyahu insists on leaving the Jordan Valley under Israeli sovereignty. 
 
Israeli sources told the paper that in general, relations with Jordan are good. Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan in October 1994 and a trade pact in 1996. In the treaty, Israel agreed to give Jordan 50,000,000 cubic metres (1.8׳109 cu ft) of water each year and for Jordan to own 75% of the water from the Yarmouk River. It also gave up 120 sq. miles of territory.  







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