Jordan’s Crown Prince Pays Respects

Jordan’s Crown Prince Hassan visited Israel on Tuesday to offer condolences to the nation and to the family of Yitzhak Rabin in the wake of the prime minister’s assassination.

It was Hassan’s first official visit to Jerusalem.

As his brother King Hussein said the day before at Rabin’s funeral, Hassan said he regretted the circumstances that had brought him to the Israeli capital.

“But what is lasting for us is the contribution and continuity of building peace,” he said. “Rabin was an architect of that peace, and it is a great source of privilege and honor for me to be here to honor his memory.”

Hassan met privately with Acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres and later, with President Ezer Weizman.

He later traveled to the Rabin household in Ramat Aviv, where he visited Rabin’s widow, Leah, for more than half an hour.

He said that after the visit “I feel today more and more committed to the give more of myself” to the peace process.

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