Jordan concerned over Iraqi claims

Feb. 22, 2004 at 7:32 AM

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Jordanian officials voiced concern Sunday about reported claims that Iraq intends to annex the kingdom.

Jordan's government spokeswoman Asma Khader said in a statement her government would seek a "clarification" from the interim Iraqi Governing Council over comments made by its current rotating chairman, Mohsen Abdul Majid, that his country would "call in the future to annex Jordan."

Abdul Majid reportedly told a Baghdad City Council members "the time is not appropriate to call for (taking) Kuwait and Jordan, but it could be discussed in the future."

However, the Saudi Ukaz daily Sunday quoted Iraq's Interim Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zibari as denying the report as "completely untrue and baseless."

Zibari said he personally spoke to Abdul Majid, saying Majid "categorically denied that he said anything" regarding Jordan or Kuwait.

Said Zibari, "The new Iraq after (the former regime of) Saddam Hussein seeks special and balanced relations with its neighbors, including Kuwait and Jordan."

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