'PM, Abdullah discussed J'lem split'

Al Hayat: In talks Thurs., Jordan's king urged Olmert to make public statements on division of capital.

Olmert 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Olmert 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Jordan's King Abdullah II discussed the division of Israel's capital during a brief visit Olmert held with the monarch Thursday, the London based Al Hayat reported Friday. Quoting Jordanian sources, the prime minister and the king discussed at length issues relating to a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Apart from the possibility of ceding parts of Jerusalem, the two also addressed the issue of Palestinian refugees. Reportedly, during the meeting which was aimed at coordinating positions ahead of a visit by US President George W. Bush slated for next week, Abdullah told Olmert that the latter had to stand up to commitments he made in the past, and begin making public statements regarding the division of Jerusalem. Israel Radio reported earlier that official statements from Jordan said that the monarch wanted to avoid unilateral actions and that Olmert clarified that Israel was not intending to build new settlements. The meeting, in the southern Jordanian seaside resort of Aqaba, went unreported in the press until it was already underway due to security concerns. A day earlier, Abdullah met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.