Jordan’s king wants improved ties with Iran

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s King Abdullah II is seeking ‘practical steps’ for improving his country’s frosty relations with Iran.

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Published: Tue 14 Dec 2010, 1:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 6:02 AM

The monarch’s appeal contrasted with his regime’s frequent criticism of Iran’s policies.

Abdullah made the appeal for better ties during a meeting Sunday with Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, the director of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s office, according to an official Jordanian statement. It said Abdullah was invited to visit Teheran.

As early as 2004, Abdullah warned of Iran’s growing influence in Iraq and the rest of the region.

In US cables released by WikiLeaks, US diplomats were quoted as saying Jordan warned that Iranian influence could undermine American interests and moderate nations like Jordan, an ally of the US

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