Report: Jordan's king presses Abbas to calm Israel-Palestinian tensions

October 23, 2015 21:37


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Jordan's King Abdullah is intensely lobbying Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to exert his influence in order to lower the scale of violence in the West Bank, Channel 10 quoted Jordanian sources as saying on Friday.

The monarch is reportedly concerned that an escalation in Israel-Palestinian strife would have a spillover effect in the Hashemite kingdom.A majority of Jordan's subjects are of Palestinian origin, which makes Amman acutely sensitive to what takes place west of the Jordan River.

Abbas is due in Amman next week to meet with Abdullah and US Secretary of State John Kerry. The three men are expected to discuss ways to bring about calm on the ground.

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