Report: Jordan's king to join direct talks in Washington
Obama invites king Abdullah II to join direct peace talks alongside Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak, Quartet officials.
Jordan's King Abdullah II accepted U.S. President Barack Obama's invitation to attend a six-way meeting in Washington on September 1, the official Petra news agency reported Saturday.
The meeting will take place one day before the launch of direct talks between the Palestinians and Israel in the US capital, the report said, quoting a senior royal court official.
In addition to Abdullah and Obama, Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the representative of the Mideast Quartet,Tony Blair, are due to attend.
"King Abdullah will have talks with Obama focusing on the steps that should be taken to ensure that the negotiations accomplish their goal of ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution and within a comprehensive regional context as soon as possible," the royal court official said.
The monarch will also press for the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, the official said.
"Jordan highly appreciates the commitment of President Obama and the U.S. administration to the establishment of peace in the region and urges the continuation of pivotal role of the United States in leading the negotiation process," he added.