Jordan's King and Abbas meet in Amman, discuss peace process
King Abdullah II is trying to get Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks that Abbas abandoned in September 2010.
Jordan King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday discussed the stalled Middle East peacetalks ahead of a planned trip by the monarch to Washington.
"We have discussed key current issues, foremost the peace process, how can it be resumed and the movement for pushing forward the peace process," Abbas told reporters after the meeting in Amman.
An official date for the Jordanian monarch's trip to the United States for talks with President Barack Obama has not yet been announced.
The visit by the Palestinian President follows a visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres last week, in which the two leaders addressed "ways of surmounting the obstacles that impede the revival of peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis on the base of the two-state vision," a royal court statement said.
King Abdullah told Peres that Israel should stop settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, land that the Palestinians want for a future state.
Peres' visit itself comes a week after King Abdullah made a rare visit to the West Bank, in which he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and called on him to renew peace talks with Israel.
King Abdullah II is trying to get Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks that Abbas abandoned in September 2010. The Palestinian leader has said that unless Israel stops building settlements he would not return to the negotiating table.