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Monday, 8 July, 2002, 12:16 GMT 13:16 UK
Jordan denies US Iraq reports

The uncle of King Abdullah of Jordan has denied reports that the United States is planning to use Jordan as a base for an assault on Iraq.

Prince Hassan told the BBC that Jordan was opposed to any attack on Iraq, and that dialogue between America and the Iraq was needed to avoid a potential catastrophe in the region.

He dismissed reports of a military build-up in Jordan, pointing out that joint military exercises with the US and Britain were held every year.

The Prince called on the United Nations to discourage any military action, and said Washington should consult all parties in the region before making any further plans.

King Abudullah is expected in Moscow on Monday for talks about the situation in the Middle East.

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