Jordan Sees Positive Signs For Mideast Peace|
Tue Nov 6, 07 | 1:58 PM ET
AMMAN (AFP) - Jordan's King
Abdullah II said he has sensed positive signs from both Israel and the Palestinians about
advancing their stalled peace process, in an interview published on Tuesday.
"I have sensed seriousness and great concern from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to drive the peace
process towards a conclusion," the king told the state-run Petra news
"We also heard from Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert that there would be an opportunity to realise real
achievements including a two-state solution before the end of US President
On Sunday, Olmert said Israel and the Palestinians could hammer out a peace
agreement before Bush leaves the White House in January 2009.
"If we act decisively together, we and the Palestinians, there is a chance
for us to reach real achievements, maybe even before the end of President Bush's term," Olmert said
in a speech before the Saban Forum in Jerusalem.
Israel and the Palestinians have been engaged in intensive talks in an effort
to draft a joint statement outlining a solution to the decades-old conflict
ahead of a US-sponsored peace meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, expected later this month.
"These are positive signs that we hope will be followed by more measures to
make the upcoming meeting a success," said the king, whose country is a key US
Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, has repeatedly
called for a clear agenda for the meeting, embracing core issues between Israel
and the Palestinians, including Jerusalem and the fate of refugees.
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