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King Abdullah II meets American Vice President and Canadian Prime Minister
Amman, 23 January 2004

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Friday met with American Vice President Deck Cheney who is participating in WEF in Davos.

Discussions focused on the current situations in Iraq and Palestine , in addition to bilateral relations , where His Majesty expressed appreciation on the American role in helping Jordan improve its economic situations and going on in comprehensive development.

His Majesty affirmed the necessity to keep Iraq's integrity and sovereignty and to prepare proper ambience for the return of sovereignty to the Iraqis soon.

Cheney expressed the American government's appreciation on the Jordanian efforts to train Iraqi cadres of police , military and diplomats.

He stressed the importance of the Jordanian role in achieving peace in the region.

His Majesty met also with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin where they reviewed peace efforts in the Middle East.

King Abdullah stressed the importance of supporting the Palestinian government of Ahmed Qurei in order to be capable of a carrying out its duties in the Palestinian territories and achieve peace.

The two sides discussed also economic relations between the two countries, where His Majesty expressed looking forward to sign a free trade agreement with Canada like that with USA, especially as Canadian investment have begun to come to Jordan , such as investment in the Potash company.