Jordan's King Abdullah Open to Constitutional Monarchy

ABDULLAH: No, I don't think Syria's a dangerous place. I have good relationships with the president and from my dealings with him, he understands that there needs to be some resolvement of these issues from the Syrian government, and we're hoping that it will be done peacefully and as smoothly as possible. (Overlap)

JENNINGS: This is pretty unusual for a Syrian president to willingly withdraw from Lebanon?

ABDULLAH: Obviously, there's a lot of history between Lebanon and Syria, and it's very different for the Syrians to pull out, but I think there is a commitment by the international community, and I think the Syrians realize that.

JENNINGS: Do you think [Syrian] President Bashar's [Assad] in control?

ABDULLAH: I would think that, yes, he is in control. Yes.

JENNINGS: And do you think that anything done in Syria today is done in his name, or others' names?

ABDULLAH: Again, this is, has been debated in international community, and it's the million-dollar question. From my dealings with the -- President Bashar, he seems to be in control, understanding what needs to be done, and as a result we've seen Syria over the past several days make the right statements about troops' withdrawal, withdrawal of security services, that are inside Lebanon and we hope that that will go smoothly. We have enough, I did mention the optimistic points, but also we have a lot of areas of instability, and we just don't need Syria to be another one of those for this year.

JENNINGS: What are the points, what are the points of instability?

ABDULLAH: Well if we look at the issue of global terrorism or terrorism inside of our part of the world, Syria-Lebanon is a problem. We're working very closely with the Saudis, because they have an issue with security, which I believe there's strong conviction by Crown Prince Abdullah, who I've talked to on many occasions, that wants to be able to solve the problems inside of Saudi Arabia, so we have a lot of areas that we need to tackle with, and, I'm hoping that the positive, Israeli-Palestinian process, what we think is a positive process in Iraq, will actually add a positive momentum to the other countries.

JENNINGS: What do you think of this story today, of this young Jordanian, allegedly very pro-American, being involved in the Hillah bombing [in Iraq]?

ABDULLAH: Well, again, if that is the case, it's very unfortunate and we expressed our tremendous condolences to all Iraqis that have suffered, not only in this bombing, but any terrorist act that they've had over the past year or two. And this is part of the challenge that Iraq has in trying to bring stability to their country. I think that the turnout, high turnout during the Iraqi elections was a statement by the Iraqi people that they were not going to let terrorists hold sway on their future and I've ... (Overlap)

JENNINGS: Do you think there's a lot of support for the insurgency in Jordan?

ABDULLAH: I think, unfortunately, there's some misguided elements that believe that insurgency is the way to go, and it's not. The future of Iraq has to be a stable, democratic, capable Iraq, and those that interfere in that process are hurting Iraqis more than they can believe, and so from my point of view, those that believe that supporting the insurgency in Iraq is helping the Iraqis, they can't be -- I mean, they're completely misguided.

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