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A prominent US lawmaker urged
Jordan to name a new ambassador to Israel on Wednesday, AFP reported.
in a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah in Washington, US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
said that "Jordan has not yet appointed an ambassador to Israel in the
year and a half since the previous ambassador moved on, and I would
strongly encourage you to do so."
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The two leaders also discussed the Israeli Palestinian peace talks currently taking place in Amman, AFP reported. On Tuesday, Abdullah said of the negotiations
"I am cautious about saying that I’m cautiously optimistic,” adding
that “the responsibility is on all of us to bring the parties close
enough together so the Americans can step in and finalize the deal.”
During their meeting, Ros-Lehtinen welcomed Abdullah's view that Syrian President Bashar Assad should leave office
"I share that view because Iran is certainly doing all it can to keep
Syria afloat but the people are rising up," AFP quoted her as saying.
Ros-Lehtinen recently completed a tour of the Middle East that included
Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.