Foreign Minister Sharon Statement on the Death of King Hussein

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
7 February 1999

Upon learning of the death of King Hussein of Jordan today (Sunday), 7.2.99, Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon said that the Middle East and the entire world have lost a great leader, and the State of Israel has lost a genuine friend. Foreign Minister Sharon extended his condolences to Queen Noor, Crown Prince Abdullah, the Jordanian royal family and the Jordanian people.

The State of Israel and its people have come to know and admire King Hussein, and the sorrow felt in Israel is great. Despite the sadness of the day, Foreign Minister Sharon emphasized, we must continue to strengthen the friendship between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan. He added that he is certain that Crown Prince Abdullah, who today assumes power and responsibility for the affairs of Jordan, will continue to serve as a stabilizing factor, contributing to peace in the Middle East as did his father, the late King Hussein.