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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Jordanian minister: issue of confederation has not been raised with the Palestinians

Maaytah: Jordan will not accept a solution to the Palestinian issue at the
expense of its identity
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Amman, Dec. 29, 2012 (Petra)--State Minister for Media Affairs and
Communications Samih Maaytah said that Jordan will not accept a settlement
to the Palestinian issue at the expense of the Kingdom's identity.

In a press conference at the Culture Ministry of Saturday, Maaytah said the
issue of confederation has not been raised with the Palestinians and that
Jordan supports the establishment of a genuine and full sovereign
Palestinian state on the Palestinian national soil.

"The Israeli occupier is the one who should pay the price of solving the
Palestinian issue and the Palestinians should practice their political and
national rights on their soil and inside their country," the minister added.

He added that no one is entitled to speak on behalf of Jordan except its
leadership, adding that what Israel says is not a political destiny that we
should accept.

Maaytah said that Jordan is concerned about protecting its borders and armed
forces from any external threats even if they are chemical weapons, adding
that the Kingdom has the right to take measures to protects its land and
people.

"Jordan did not forge any alliances with any state and is keen to preserve
its security and stability without interference in the Syrian affairs or in
the affairs of any Arab country," Maaytah said.

The Kingdom, he added, wants Syria to remain united but the Syrian crisis is
placing pressure on Jordan as there are 275,000 Syrian refugees in the
Kingdom.

On the upcoming parliamentary elections, the minister said that the new
parliament will press ahead with the reform march, noting that the
government will not interfere in the work of the Independent Elections
Commission.

Jordan, he said, took advanced measures to support and develop its economy,
adding that it had reached a clear agreement with Egypt on supplying the
Kingdom with gas. "Jordan also has common interests with Iraq which
considers the construction of a pipeline to export Iraqi oil through the
Aqaba port," he added.

Commenting on Jordan's relation with Kuwait, Maaytah said the Kuwaiti prime
minister will visit Jordan next month.

//Petra// ON 29/12/2012 - 04:26:26 PM

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