JERUSALEM (AP)--A senior Israeli official said Thursday that Jordan's King Abdullah II has agreed to visit Israel. Israeli and Jordanian officials have been trying to arrange a visit, and the monarch has agreed in principle to come to Israel, but a date hasn't yet been finalized, the official said. Abdullah could visit as early as next week, the Maariv newspaper reported Thursday. Jordanian officials declined to comment on the possibility of a visit. A palace official said "nothing is scheduled" when asked if the king was traveling to Israel. Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement in 1994 but relations during more than four years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting have been strained. Abdullah's last public visit to Israel was in August 2000. The monarch reportedly made a secret visit to Israel in March 2004 to meet Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Just two days ago, Abdullah also hosted Israeli Labor Party member Ehud Barak at an Amman hilltop palace.
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