Jordan's king opens parliament, renews support for Palestinians
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday opened the newly-elected parliament by pledging continued support to the Palestinians in their effort to set up an independent state, dpa reported.
"Jordan will do its utmost to end the injustices which have been inflicted on the Palestinian people and to enable them to get rid of the (Israeli) occupation and set up their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital," the monarch said.
He said that the Hashemite Kingdom would continue to work for a "comprehensive peace" between Israel and Arab countries on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant UN resolutions.
The Saudi-authored Arab peace blueprint offers Israel full recognition by all Arab states if it pulls out from all territories it occupied in the 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem which was then part of Jordan.
King Abdullah also pledged that his country would do its best to enable neighbouring Iraq to restore its stability and security as well as "its vital role in the region and the world."
Prime Minister Samir Rifai formed a new 31-member cabinet on Wednesday, just over two weeks after elections were held.