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Interview With Jordanian Information Minister

Aired July 31, 2003 - 15:25   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: We want to turn back to a story that we were telling you earlier. And that is the movement of the two daughters of Saddam Hussein to Jordan.
With us now on the telephone is the Jordanian information minister, Nabil Shar -- Sharif. I'm sorry.

Tell us, first of all, where are the daughters right now?

NABIL SHARIF, JORDANIAN INFORMATION MINISTER: The daughters are in Amman right now as guests of the his majesty King Abdullah.

WOODRUFF: And how did they get into Jordan from Iraq?

SHARIF: We have no information, actually, how they arrived in -- to Jordan. But, of course, there is the road. And there are, of course, the possibility of air travel. So we really have no idea right now how they arrived in Jordan. But I can confirm that they are in Jordan.

WOODRUFF: Are they now being sought by U.S. officials?

SHARIF: Can you say that again?

WOODRUFF: Is the U.S. government or the U.S. Army now trying to find them?

SHARIF: To find them?

Well, they are already in Jordan. And I'm sure this step would not have been taken without prior agreement, prior consultation with all the concerned parties. So it's not like they're smuggled out or something, no. This is a legal step that was carried out by the consent of everybody concerned.

WOODRUFF: What can you tell us, Mr. Sharif, about how they're doing?

SHARIF: They are doing fine. They are being, of course, welcomed and received by Jordan. And they're staying in Amman as guests of his majesty. And this is not, of course, new to Jordan, also the Hashemites, to extend a helping hand to any person who is in trouble on purely humanitarian background.

WOODRUFF: All right, Nabil Sharif is the Jordanian information minister, talking about the two daughters of Saddam Hussein who are today reported to be, as he just said, in Amman, Jordan, there as guests of the Jordanian government.

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