Jordan's King Abdullah II with Abbas_311.
(photo credit: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
Jordanian King Abdullah II arrived in Ramallah on Monday for
talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
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It was his first visit to the West Bank since 2000, when Abbas's predecessor the late Yasser Arafat was the PLO leader.
visit comes as part of ongoing peace efforts aimed at establishing a
Palestinian State along the 1967 lines, according to Jordan's Petra News
Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that the visit comes as part of
continuous coordination and consultation between the PA and Jordan, and
to discuss the situation in the region. Abbas met in Ramallah
with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on Sunday.
Abbas told the visiting US official that the issue of reconciliation with Hamas was a Palestinian interest, a PA official said.
The officials denied that Burns had come to Ramallah to warn Abbas
against going ahead with his plans to form a unity government with
Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal are expected to meet later this
week 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.