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Jordan Names Ambassador to Israel As Opening of Embassies Approaches

With Israel and Jordan prepared to open embassies in each other’s respective capitals on Dec. 10, Jordan has appointed Dr. Marwan Muashar as ambassador to Israel.

Muashar, who served as spokesman of the Jordanian delegation during earlier peace negotiations with Israel, has also headed Jordan’s information office in Washington.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry was expected to name an ambassador to Jordan by next week. Israel Radio reported that the diplomat will be chosen from the ranks of the Foreign Ministry.

The exchange of ambassadors was made possible by the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty that was signed Oct. 26.

Meanwhile, Israel Radio reported Tuesday that Saudi Arabian officials are interested in being involved in the establishment of an industrial park to be located near the Erez crossing that separates Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin reportedly met with an official from the Saudi Embassy in Washington during a conference held this week in Aspen, Colorado, for business leaders from Arab countries.

Beilin reportedly will discuss the proposal with Arafat in Oslo on Dec. 10, when Arafat, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres will be in Norway to receive the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.

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