The death of King Hussein: World Who's Who At Funeral

In a testament to King Hussein's skill in forging links around the globe, his funeral in Amman today will bring together sworn political enemies such as President Bill Clinton, senior Iraqi politicians, Israeli prime ministers past and present and the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat. The Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, is also expected to attend, despite suffering from poor health.

The hundreds of foreign dignitaries expected to attend the funeral include:

Emir Sheik Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain; King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium; Tony Blair, the Conservative leader, William Hague, and the Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown; The Prince of Wales; The Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; The French President, Jacques Chirac; The German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder; The Iraqi Vice-President Taha Mohieddin Ma'rouf; The Irish President, Mary McAleese; The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; The Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi; The Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheik Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah; Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat; The Russian President, Boris Yeltsin; The Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah; King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain; The UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; The US President Bill Clinton and Hillary Roddam Clinton, plus the former presidents George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

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