PA President Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that there are
no signs negotiations with Israel will be resumed in the near future,
following a meeting in Ramallah with King Abdullah II of Jordan.
said he would resume negotiations if Israel "halts settlement
activities and abides by international resolutions," adding that his
demands were not preconditions but rather obligations based on
agreements between the two sides, official Palestinian news agency WAFA
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Foreign Minister Riad Malki said that Abbas told Abdullah the most
pressing issue facing the PA is a complete reconciliation with Hamas.
Malki made the comments during a press conference with his Jordanian
counterpart, Nasser Judeh, following the meeting between the PA
president and Jordanian King - the first official visit by Abdullah to
the West Bank since Abbas assumed the presidency.
According to Judeh, Abdullah came to the West Bank in order to support
the creation of a Palestinian state along the Green Line with its
capital in east Jerusalem and to emphasize the importance of the
Palestinian issue within the Jordanian leadership.
Abbas's meeting with Abdullah came shortly before the PA president and
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal are expected to meet in Cairo in yet another
attempt to implement the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation accord that
was announced last May.
The summit will focus on the formation of a caretaker government that
would prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections.