Obama: Israel-Jordan accord proves peace always possible
U.S. president marks 15th anniversary of treaty, which he says inspires efforts at Israel-Palestinian peacemaking.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday marked the 15th anniversary of a peace treaty between Jordan and Israel by saying that the accord was a reminder that peace is always possible.
"As we honor this historic event, we remember that peace is always possible despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles," said Obama in a statement released by the White House.
King Hussein of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the treaty in 1994 near the Israeli-Jordanian border.
"The courage of King Hussein and Prime Minister Rabin demonstrated that a commitment to communication, cooperation, and genuine reconciliation can help change the course of history," Obama added.
He also lauded the leaders for standing together in the interest of common progress.
The president added: "As we work with Arabs and Israelis to expand the circle of peace, we take inspiration from what Jordan and Israel achieved fifteen years ago, knowing that the destination is worthy of the struggle."