Abdullah: I'll contact Israeli leadership soon

December 18, 2006 20:13

Jordan's King Abdullah II said Monday he will soon make a rare public contact with Israeli leaders in a bid to revive stalled Mideast peacemaking. Abdullah did not explain if he planned to host Israeli leaders or visit the neighboring country, with which Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994. The king hosted Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in June in an effort to get both leaders to open direct negotiations, but the effort failed. "Jordan will make contacts with Israeli (leaders) in the coming period in addition to the regular contacts we hold with the Palestinians to encourage both sides to undertake steps that could bolster mutual confidence and contribute to moving their peace process forward," Abdullah said in a written statement.

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