Jordan's Abdullah meets Abbas in W. Bank

King visits PA president in Ramallah; leaders expected to discuss peace efforts, Jordanian-PA ties and regional issues.

By JPOST.COM STAFF,
November 21, 2011 12:09
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Jordan's King Abdullah II with Abbas

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.

It was his first visit to the West Bank since 2000, when Abbas's predecessor the late Yasser Arafat was the PLO leader.

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The visit comes as part of ongoing peace efforts aimed at establishing a Palestinian State along the 1967 lines, according to Jordan's Petra News Agency.

Official 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 Hamas.

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.


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