U.S. Sec. of State encourages Israeli-Palestinian resumption of engagement

AMMAN - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was urging the Palestinians and Israelis to resume political engagement and said of recent violence on the border with the Gaza Strip that he believed Israel had the right to defend itself.

Speaking in Amman at a news conference with Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Pompeo also said the United States was "in perfect accord" with Jordan on Syria, including the preservation of a "de-escalation zone" in the south.

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