A senior Palestinian official denied Thursday that Palestinian and Israeli delegates would soon meet in Jordan to discuss restarting peace talks, reiterating demands that Israel stop building settlements before negotiations can resume.

A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday Washington was hopeful the Israelis and Palestinians would hold a preliminary meeting in Jordan on October 23. But Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio that no such meeting was planned.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday he was willing to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to restart talks.