Seeking Reconciliation, Jordan and PLO Reach Accord on Jerusalem

Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat traveled to the Jordanian capital of Amman on Wednesday for his first meeting with King Hussein since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty three months ago.

Jordanian officials said the two sides had reached an understanding regarding their ongoing dispute about control of Muslim holy sites in esteem Jerusalem.

Under the terms of their understanding, the PLO acknowledged Jordanian custodianship over the holy sites, while Jordan backed what was called future Palestinian sovereignty in eastern Jerusalem.

Before the PLO chairman’s arrival, Jordanian Prime Minister Zeid Bin Shaker told the Parliament that Jordan was seeking to improve its ties with the Arab world.

Jordan suffered strained relations with the PLO and Syria after signing its historic peace treaty with Israel in October. Its ties with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait remain strained following Jordan’s decision to side with Iran during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

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