Jordan Urges World to Restart Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts

In closed-door meeting with Abbas, Jordan's king assures the Palestinian president that the Palestinian right to statehood remains a priority for Jordan.

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Jordan's king has urged the international community to restart Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking, despite regional conflicts and tensions.

A royal palace statement said that the appeal by King Abdullah II came in a closed-door meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday.

The statement said that Abdullah assured Abbas that the Palestinian right to statehood remains a priority for Jordan, which shares the longest border with Israel.

"It's important that the international community would press ahead to revive peacemaking, despite the developments in the region," Abdullah said.

Nearly half of Jordan's 6 million people are of Palestinian origin. Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries that have a peace treaty with Israel.

The statement said Abdullah blamed Israel for the stalemate in peace efforts, but did not elaborate.

Jordan's King Abdullah, right, speaking to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jan. 10, 2012.Credit: Reuters
Jordan's King Abdullah speaking in Amman, February 20, 2011.Credit: Reuters

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