Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, arrived in Amman yesterday evening to participate in the funeral ceremony of King Hussein of Jordan. On arrival, Crown Prince Abdullah referred to Saudi-Jordanian relations as close, and stated: "We have respect for Jordan's monarchy, officials, and people, and will never hesitate in extending support to Jordan."
The Crown Prince was received by King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein and his brothers, whom he condoled on the death of their father. Earlier, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz had sent a cable of condolence saying: "On behalf of the Saudi government and people, I would like to express my condolences to all members of the Jordanian royal family and to the people of Jordan on the death of King Hussein." Crown Prince Abdullah had also sent a similar cable, highlighting the wise manner in which King Hussein had carried out his political strategies and remarking: "King Hussein used to deal very cleverly with those whose views differed from his." Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector-General, also sent a cable of condolence to King Abdullah bin Hussein of Jordan.
Meanwhile, commenting yesterday on the economic situation in Jordan, Minister of Finance and National Economy Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf stated: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has confidence in the situation in Jordan in all aspects, including that of economic policies, and in the wisdom of those responsible for them." In response to a question on international efforts to support the Jordanian economy, Dr. Al-Assaf said discussions were under way with Jordanian officials as to suitable channels for this, a continuation of the Kingdom's long-standing support.