Jordan Said to Protest Drive to Move U.S. Embassy in Israel

The Hashemite Kingdom will ask the Clinton administration to abort a drive in Congress to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, jordanian newspapers reported this week.

The Arabic-language dailies Ad-Dustour and Al-Aswaq cited unidentified Jordanian Foreign Ministry sources for the report.

The Jordanians were reacting to the latest congressional effort to encourage the Clinton administration to move the embassy.

In a letter delivered to Secretary of State Warren Christopher on Monday, 93 senators declared that the “U.S. Embassy belongs in Jerusalem.”

The senators did not advocate an immediate transfer. Instead, they called on the U.S. government to move its embassy “no later than” May 1999, when Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization are scheduled to complete their final-status talks.

The letter was sponsored by Sens. Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.). A similar letter has gained significant support in the House of Representatives.

It was unclear whether King Hussein raised the topic during his meeting this week with U.S. Vice President Al Gore in Amman.

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