Statement of Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi at the demise of His Majesty King Hussein Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

February 7, 1999

      Upon learning the passing of His Majesty King Hussein Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, I should like to extend to the members of the Royal family and the people of the Kingdom my most sincere sympathy and condolences, on behalf of the Government and people of Japan.
      We highly appreciate the late King's great contribution to the Kingdom's current prosperity and to the stability in the Middle East since he succeeded the throne in 1953. We are deeply saddened by the demise of King Hussein especially because His Majesty visited Japan four times in his life and he has been known as a great friend of Japan.
      We sincerely hope that the Soul of King Hussein will rest in peace and that the people of Jordan will overcome this sorrow. It is also our hope that the people of Jordan will continue to uphold the ideals of the late King by pursuing further developments of the Kingdom and making further efforts for peace in the world, particularly for a lasting peace in the Middle East.
      I firmly believe that the existing friendship between our two countries will further flourish under the competent guidance of the new King.

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