Jordan's King Abdullah II opened talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday on ways to revive Mideast peace days after rival Palestinian factions agreed to a coalition government.
The king's meeting with Abbas also comes a week before scheduled talks between Abbas, Israeli President Ehud Olmert and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Abbas' meeting with Abdullah preceded the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Amman later Monday. Putin is expected to hold talks with the Jordanian monarch on Tuesday on the Mideast peace process, Iraq and other troubling regional concerns.
Russia, along with the United States, the United Nations,and the European Union comprise the so-called Quartet - a group which has endorsed a "road map" for Israeli-Palestinian peace, envisioning the creation of a Palestinian state.