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Dutch Royalty to Visit Jordan, Israel

Holland’s Queen Beatrix and her husband, Prince Consort Claus, will pay a three-day state visit to Jordan from Dec. 8 to 10 and a three-day state visit to Israel from March 27 to 29.

Announcement of the intended visits follows years in which the Dutch Foreign Ministry determined that an official visit by the royal couple to the two countries was too sensitive.

There is no longer any apparent obstacle to the visits since Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s King Hussein put an official end to the state of war between the two states.