Sunday, December 9, 2007
"Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem made a rare visit to Jordan on Sunday, signaling improved relations between the two Arab neighbors.
Moallem, who came for a one-day visit, met behind closed doors with Jordanian Prime Minister Nader al-Dahabi. He was also scheduled to meet separately with his Jordanian counterpart, Salaheddine al-Bashir, and possibly Jordan's King Abdullah.
Little details emerged from Moallem's talks, which follow a November 18 surprise visit by Abdullah to Damascus, where he met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
At the time, Jordanian government officials said Abdullah urged Assad to send a representative to the U.S.-sponsored international peace conference, which was held in Annapolis, Maryland on November 27.
Moallem declined to say why he was in Jordan. He only gave a vague arrival statement to reporters, saying that Jordan and Syria are "two brotherly neighbors, our people have unique ties and these visits persist because they enrich bilateral relations and tackle existing regional issues."......"