JOHN DEFTERIOS | CNN
No one has any idea how to deal with what’s happening in Syria, Jordan’s King Abdullah told CNN, saying he has “great concern” about how things will develop there.
“I don’t think there’s anybody in the region or outside who knows how to tackle the Syria issue,” Jordan’s ruler said of the country that has seen thousands killed in anti-government demonstrations over the past eight months.
The king has reached out personally to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, he said, with little result.
“I’ve spoken to Bashar twice. I have sent the chief of the royal court to see him on several occasions,” he said, to outline how Jordan is trying to implement its own political reforms.
“Not that we’ve got anything perfect, but you know, national dialogue and outreach — and they’re not really interested in what we have to say,” King Abdullah said.
“So we’re trying to keep the channels of communication open and watching with great concern how things are going to develop there,” he said.
Speaking to CNN on the sidelines of a World Economic Forum meeting on the shores of the Dead Sea, the king also expressed serious doubts that Israel was serious about making peace with the Palestinians.