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UPDATED: 08:31, June 08, 2006
Jordan never be substitute for Palestinian homeland: King Abdullah
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Jordanian King Abdullah II said on Wednesday that Jordan will never be a substitute homeland for the Palestinians, the state Petra news agency reported.

"If there is anyone who believes that it is possible to settle the Palestinian issue at the expense of Jordan, he should know that Jordan will never be a substitute homeland for anybody," King Abdullah was quoted as saying.

He made the remarks in a speech at the graduation ceremony of the 19th Military and Police Sciences Classes of Mu'ta University in south of capital Amman.

The remarks came on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's scheduled visit to Amman for talks with King Abdullah.

On Thursday, Olmert is expected to arrive in Amman and discuss with King Abdullah his plan to carry out further unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank should peace talks with the Palestinians fail.

Olmert's further withdrawal plan caused concern in Jordan where more than 1 million Palestinian refugees live.

In an interview published on the best-selling Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot on Wednesday, King Abdullah said he was concerned about Olmert's plan, explaining that "a unilateral step by Israel would raise question marks and a sense of insecurity not only among the Palestinians, but among all the partners of peace in the region."

Jordan, which is to the east of Israel, is one of the only two Arab states that have made peace with the Jewish state.

The other Arab state is Egypt, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

Olmert is currently on a world tour to seek support for his convergency plan, which is designed to pull out isolated West Bank settlements but keep bigger ones before setting Israel's final borders with the Palestinians by 2010, with or without bilateral talks.

Source: Xinhua

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