Signed by King Hussein of Jordan, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of
Israel and U.S. President William J. Clinton
July 25, 1994
A. After generations of hostility, blood, and tears and in the wake
of years of pain and wars, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin are determined to bring an end to bloodshed
and sorrow. It is in this spirit that His Majesty King Hussein of
the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Prime Minister and Minister of
Defense, Mr. Yitzhak Rabin of Israel, met in Washington today at
the invitation of President William J. Clinton of the United States
of America. The initiative of President William J. Clinton
constitutes an historic landmark in the United States untiring
efforts in promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. The
personal involvement of the President has made it possible to
realize agreement on the content of this historic declaration. The
signing of this declaration bears testimony to the President's
vision and devotion to the cause of peace.
B. In their meeting, King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
have jointly reaffirmed the five underlying principles of their
understanding on an Agreed Common Agenda designed to reach the goal
of a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace between the Arab States
and the Palestinians with Israel.
1. Jordan and Israel aim at the achievement of a just, lasting, and
comprehensive peace between Israel and its neighbors and at the
conclusion of a Treaty of Peace between both countries.
2. The two countries will vigorously continue their negotiations to
arrive at a state of peace, based on Security Council Resolutions
242 and 338 in all their aspects, and founded on freedom, equality
3. Israel respects the present special role of the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan in Muslim holy shrines in Jerusalem. When
negotiations on the permanent status will take place, Israel will
give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines.
In addition, the two sides have agreed to act together to promote
interfaith relations among the three monotheistic religions.
4. The two countries recognize their right and obligation to live
in peace with each other as well as with all states within secure
and recognized boundaries. The two states affirmed their respect
for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity,
and political independence of every state in the area.
5. The two countries desire to develop good neighborly relations of
cooperation between them to ensure lasting security and to avoid
threats and the use of force between them.
C. The long conflict between the two states is now corning to an
end. In this spirit, the state of belligerency between Jordan and
Israel has been terminated.
D. Following this declaration and in keeping with the Agreed Common
Agenda both countries will refrain from actions or activities by
either side that may adversely affect the security of the other or
may prejudice the final outcome of negotiations. Neither side will
threaten the other by use of force, weapons, or any other means
against each other and both sides will thwart threats to security
resulting from all kinds of terrorism.
E. His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took
note of the progress made in the bilateral negotiations within the
Jordan-Israel track last week on the steps decided to implement the
sub-agendas on borders, territorial matters, security, water,
energy, environment, and the Jordan Rift Valley.
In this framework, mindful of items of the Agreed Common Agenda
(borders, and territorial matters) they noted that the boundary
sub-commission has reached agreement in July 1994 in fulfillment of
part of the role entrusted to it in the sub-agenda. They also noted
that the sub-commission for water, environment, and energy agreed
to mutually recognize, as the role of their negotiations, the
rightful allocations of the two sides in the Jordan River and
Yarmouk River waters and to fully respect and comply with the
negotiated rightful allocations, in accordance with agreed
acceptable principles with mutually acceptable quality.
Similarly, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin expressed their deep satisfaction and pride in the work of
the trilateral commission in its meeting held in Jordan on
Wednesday, July 20, 1994, hosted by the Jordanian Prime Minister
Dr. Abdessalam Majali, and attended by Secretary of State Warren
Christopher and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. They voiced their
pleasure at the association and commitment of the United States in
F. His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
believe that steps must be taken to both overcome psychological
barriers and to break with the legacy of war. By working with
optimism towards the dividends of peace for all the people in the
region, Jordan and Israel are determined to shoulder their
responsibilities towards the human dimension of peace making. They
recognize imbalances and disparities are a root cause of extremism
which thrives on poverty and unemployment and the degradation of
human dignity. In this spirit, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin have today approved a series of steps to
symbolize the new era which is now at hand:
1. Direct telephone links will be opened between Jordan and
2. The electricity grids of Jordan and Israel will be linked as
part of a regional concept.
3. Two new border crossings will be opened between Jordan and
Israel - one at the southern tip of Akaba-Eilat and the other at a
mutually agreed point in the North.
4. In principle, free access will be given to third-country
tourists traveling between Jordan and Israel.
5. Negotiations will be accelerated on opening an international air
corridor between the two countries.
6. The police forces of Jordan and Israel will cooperate in
combatting crime with emphasis on smuggling and particularly drug
smuggling. The United States will be invited to participate in this
7. Negotiations on economic matters will continue in order to
prepare for future bilateral cooperation, including the abolition
of all economic boycotts.
All these steps are being implemented within the framework of
regional infrastructural development plans and in conjunction with
the Jordan-Israel bilaterals on boundaries, security, water and
related issues and without prejudice to the final outcome of the
negotiations on the items included in the Agreed Common Agenda
between Jordan and Israel.
G. His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin have
agreed to meet periodically or whenever they feel necessary to
review the progress of the negotiations and express their firm
intention to shepherd and direct the process in its entirety.
H. In conclusion, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin wish to express once again their profound thanks and
appreciation to President Clinton and his administration for their
untiring efforts in furthering the cause of peace, justice, and
prosperity for all the peoples of the region. They wish to thank
the president personally for his warm welcome and hospitality. In
recognition of their appreciation to the president, His Majesty
King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin have asked President
William J. Clinton to sign this document as a witness and as a host
to their meeting.