First Published: 2011-11-28

 

Unannounced meeting: Jordan king tells Peres settlements hinder peace

 

King Abdullah II tells Israeli President Peres Israel's settlement building on Palestinian land poses ‘serious obstacle’ to peace efforts.

 

Middle East Online

‘Israel must stop unilateral measures’

AMMAN - Jordan's King Abdullah II told visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday that Israel's settlement building on Palestinian land posed a "serious obstacle" to peace efforts, the palace said.

"Israel must stop unilateral measures, particularly settlement building which is a serious obstacle to peace efforts," the king told Peres, who was in Amman on a brief and previously unannounced visit.

The king and Peres, whose countries signed a 1994 peace treaty, discussed the "means to revive Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations and remove obstacles facing them in line with a two-state solution," the palace added.

"The Israeli president talked about efforts that Israel can make in the coming phase to build trust with the Palestinian Authority," it said without elaborating.

A statement from Peres's office said that the two also "exchanged assessments on the latest developments in our region" and discussed bilateral issues.

It said that before leaving for Amman Peres met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and they talked about "the importance of strengthening the good strategic ties between Israel and Jordan."

The statement described the Amman meeting as "warm, open and friendly" and said that the king and Peres agreed "to continue talks in the near future."

The meeting comes a week after the king held talks in Ramallah with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on his first visit to the West Bank in more than a decade.

Israeli-Palestinian talks came to a halt in September 2010 when Israel ended a moratorium on construction in the occupied territories.

 

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