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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Press Remarks, Raghdan Palace
January 28, 1999, Amman, Jordan
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I wanted very much to stop here in Amman to congratulate Crown Prince Abdullah on his new assignment, and also to have a discussion with him about the issues that he is facing in Jordan. We have had and will continue to have an excellent relationship with his Majesty. The relationship between the United States and Jordan has been a long one, we look forward to the recovery of His Majesty. I wanted to stop here in order to make very clear that the United States stands with Jordan.

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, is there anxiety during this period of uncertainty about Iraq and what might happen and whether Iraq might make mischief?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: My interest in coming here was to show my support for Jordan and the Crown Prince and also to discuss issues about the economy. We did talk about Iraq and we did talk generally about the region. All of us talk about Iraq a lot of the time, as I have been doing in Saudi Arabia, as well as in Egypt, and I will continue to do so with my colleagues as I move on to London. And I think that our policy continues to be the same, to contain Saddam Hussein and work towards regime change there.

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, there have been a repeated pledges of U.S. support for Jordan. Could you shed some more light on that support?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, we are looking into a variety of ways of dealing with some economic subjects. We’ve placed some money into a supplemental that we called the Wye supplemental, to see now whether there is some way to move that money to Jordan in a more rapid fashion, and also generally to look at how to be supportive economically.

Thank you.

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