Jordan's Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Walid Salah, said in a interview in Beirut on Thursday?
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AMBASSADOR MR. WALID SALAH SPEAKING. (IN ENGLISH)
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: SALAH: "The relationship between Syria and Jordan -- especially after the last visit of President Assad -- is excellent and solid. And, there has been a complete understanding on all matter between the two countries. As far as the P.L.O. is concerned, I think that the relationship between Jordan and the P.L.O. is also improving. And we expect in the near future a meeting to take place where Egypt, Syria, the P.L.O. and Jordan will be present, and negotiation will take place in order to solve all outstanding problems. And -- in my opinion -- that is the best way of achieving the restoration of a good relationship between the two parties -- namely Jordan and the P.L.O. -- will be compact between the highest authorities of both parties."
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Background: Jordan's Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Walid Salah, said in a interview in Beirut on Thursday (17 July) that relations between Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.) are improving.
Mr. Salah was expanding on statements he made earlier in the week about Syria's role in promoting dialogue between Jordan and the Palestinian group.
Relations between Jordan and the P.L.O. have been poor since Palestinian commandos were driven out of Jordan after bitter fighting with government troops in September 1970 and early 1971. A formal reconciliation was brought about late last year after Jordan officially dropped territorial claims over the West Bank of the River Jordan, at present occupied by Israel. The P.L.O. have always regarded this areas as part of their proposed Palestinian state. Despite a public embrace between Jordan's King Hussein and P.L.O. Chairman Yasser Arafat, relations have remained rather strained.
Mr. Salah said on Thursday that he saw Jordan's increasing co-operation with Syria and Egypt as paving the way for a better dialogue with the P.L.O. and so strengthening Arab solidarity.