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Jordan Issues Final Seal of Approval

On the eve of King Hussein’s first official visit to Israel, Jordan’s upper house of Parliament endorsed the historic Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty.

Of the chamber’s 40 members, all of whom are appointed to the upper house by Hussein, 33 voted in favor of the treaty on Wednesday.

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Obeidat rejected the treaty and left before the vote. Six other members of the chamber were absent.

Jordan’s lower house of Parliament approved the treaty on Sunday, the same day that the Israeli Cabinet also gave its approval.

Hussein was expected to issue a royal decree putting the treaty into effect before meeting Rabin in Israel on Thursday to exchange copies of the ratified treaties.

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