Conflicting reports have followed the two day visit to Jordan this week of Mr Omar Saqqaf, Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
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Background: Conflicting reports have followed the two day visit to Jordan this week of Mr Omar Saqqaf, Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. There has been speculation that Mr. Saqqaf could be entering the field as mediator between the Jordanian Government and the Palestinian Commandos. But since his departure from Amman on Tuesday, reports have suggested the subject did not feature in his talks with the Jordanian Foreign Minister Mr Abdullah Salah.
At a press conference in Amman Airport on Tuesday, Mr Saqqaf hinted that Saudi Arabia may be increasing her aid to Jordan. The current figure stands at over 16 million pounds, and saudi Arabia is the only Arab country maintaining aid to Jordan since King Hussein's trouble with the Palestinian Commandos.
SYNOPSIS: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Mr Omar Saqqaf was in Amman this week for two days of talks with Jordanian leaders. Before leaving Amman Airport on Tuesday to fly to Damascus, he held a press conference with jordanian Foreign Minister Mr Abdullah Salah, and hinted that Saudi Arabia may be increasing her aid to Jordan. The aid currently stands at over sixteen million pounds a year. Saudi Arabia is the only Arab country which has maintained its aid to Jordan since King Hussein's confrontation with the Palestinian commandos.
Since his departure, there have been conflicting reports as to the reason behind Mr Saqqaf's visit. There was speculation that he may be entering the field as mediator between the Jordanian Government and the Palestinian Commandos. But there has been no indication from Amman that the subject was included in his talks with Mr Salah.
The talks were described by Jordanian officials as fruitful, and that the visit had strengthened relations between Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Before his trip to Jordan, Mr Saqqaf had discussed the Middle East with an Ethiopian delegation visiting Saudi Arabia. A communique issues then said that Mr Saqqaf had spoken on the subject of bilateral relations.