Jordan's King Sends a Message to Pope

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 12, 2003 ( John Paul II received a message from King Abdullah of Jordan, which was handed to the Pope personally by Jordanian Foreign Affairs Minister Marwan Muasher.

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The Vatican press office gave no details on today’s papal audience with the Jordanian envoy. The audience was held at a critical time in the relaunching of Mideast peace talks.

The king’s message addresses «the situation in the region,» according to the Jordanian news agency Petra.

Muasher also met with Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican secretary for relations with states, to discuss «means of stepping up efforts to find a just and lasting solution to crises facing the region,» Petra said.

On Tuesday, Muasher was in Bahrain, where he attended a meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers entrusted with following up on Arab summit resolutions, including efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli crisis, Agence France-Presse reported.

Last week, Jordan was host for a summit between U.S. President George W. Bush and the Israeli and Palestinian Prime Ministers, who both pledged to implement the peace blueprint.

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