Peres Meets Jordan's Abdullah in Bid to 'Overcome Obstacles' in Peace Talks

A week after King Abdullah makes rare West Bank visit, Israeli president visits Amman to discuss stalled Mideast talks.

President Shimon Peres, under the instructions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left for Amman on Monday to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II, to discuss stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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.

Peres and Abdullah - GPO
Moshe Milner / GPO

Peres and King Abdullah also discussed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent decision to delay the demolition of the Mughrabi Bridge in Jerusalem, which leads from the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount, after warnings from Egypt and Jordan of possible repercussions.

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 to Jordan 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.

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