Monday, February 8, 1999 Published at 22:19 GMT
World: Middle East
King Hussein laid to rest
United in grief: President Clinton and others put aside differences
King Hussein of Jordan has been laid to rest - the culmination of a day of mourning attended by members of the royal family, an array of world leaders and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Jordanians.
The burial marked the end of an era in the Middle East as the new King Abdullah, the king's eldest son, assumed the position that his father held for 46 years.
The BBC correspondent in Amman said that even in death it appeared that King Hussein was making one last bid for reconciliation between them.
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad appeared, along with Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Israel's peace negotiations with Syria have been frozen since early 1996.
And the funeral saw four generations of US leaders - Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford - line up next to the king's coffin to say their farewells.
A frail President Yeltsin apparently defied his doctors to attend the funeral but was flown back to Moscow just hours after arriving.
Monarchs, presidents and prime ministers took over an hour to each pay their respects to the king as they bowed over his coffin lying in state at the Raghadan palace. They then joined a mass procession which followed the coffin on a gun carriage to the royal mosque, accompanied by a bagpipe-playing guard of honour.
An estimated 800,000 Jordanians lined the funeral cortege's route from the king's home to the palace, with many weeping openly and strewing the route with flowers. Others ran alongside the motorcade, anxious not to lose sight of their late king's casket, draped in the Jordanian flag.
But just days later he was rushed back to the US for chemotherapy and a second bone marrow transplant, which failed. The king returned home to die after his doctors said they could do no more for him.
Flags are flying at half mast across the Middle East, and 40 days of mourning have begun in Jordan.
King Hussein's heir now begins the task of upholding his father's substantial legacy, as he has promised.