World Bulletin / News Desk
King Abdullah II of Jordan on Friday met with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had arrived in the kingdom earlier for a short, unannounced visit, to discuss the latest developments in ongoing Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.
"Kerry briefed the king on the outcome of the recent visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington and his meeting with US President Barack Obama," read a Friday statement issued by the Jordanian royal court following the meeting in the port city of Aqaba.
During the meeting, the Jordanian monarch urged the international community to support efforts to achieve a "just and comprehensive" peace in the region based on a two-state solution leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) as its capital.
Kerry arrived in Aqaba from Rome, where he had attended a conference on Libya.
US-brokered peace talks between Israel and Palestine resumed in Washington last summer after a nearly three-year pause.
During a visit to the region in January, Kerry presented both sides with a proposed framework for an eventual peace agreement that addresses final status issues – namely, borders, security, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Al-Quds.
About 500,000 Israelis now live in more than one hundred Jewish-only settlements built since Israel occupied the West Bank and Al-Quds in 1967.
The Palestinians want these areas, along with the Gaza Strip, for their future state.
Palestinians insist that the issue of Israeli settlement-building must be addressed before a comprehensive final-status agreement can be reached.Last Mod: 08 Mart 2014, 13:13