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King Abdullah: Iraq Will One Day Succeed

Sunday, 22 May 2005 12:00 AM

"We are working to try to reach out to the Sunni society in Iraq and to convince them that they are part and parcel of the future of Iraq," Abdullah says. "They need to be included and to start talking to the new Iraqi government. If they sit the elections out [scheduled for December], it will be a disaster."

Abdullah says President Bush's push to spread democracy in the Middle East is helpful, and that he actually triggered reform in that it became a subject for debate.

"If you look at the Palestinian and Iraqi elections in January, I think that set the tone. So what is happening around [us] is a good signal for Jordan that we need to continue the pace of reform, if not accelerate it," Abdullah says. "I felt the pace of reform in Jordan was not moving fast enough, so we went through some government changes to be able to move the pace of reform at the level that we wanted."

He says he's "cautiously optimistic" about the Israeli-Palestinian situation, but he's also "concerned that we do have a time issue. We are all concentrating on Palestinian security - [but] what happens after the withdrawal from Gaza? Do we still have the Roadmap? What we need is more clarity and maybe more directives from the U.S. My concern is that we are running out of time on what we consider a viable, independent Palestinian state."

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