Thursday, May 18, 2006

International Relations: Iran's Foreign Minister arrives in Jordan

Iran's Foreign Minister has arrived in Jordan in what is seen as an attempt to smooth relations between the two countries. Relations became strained when Jordanian authorities found an arms cache - including Iranian made rockets - allegedly smuggled into the country by Hamas militants.

A number of Palestinian Hamas members were arrested and accused of plotting to use the smuggled weapons for attacks inside the country.

A palace statement only mentioned that Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, held separate sessions with King Abdullah II, Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit and Foreign Minister Abdul-Illah al-Khatib. The palace said the leaders discussed Tehran's nuclear program, Mideast peacemaking and Iraq's sectarian strife.