Jordan's king calls for quick action to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks
Published: Apr 12, 2009 10:36 AM Updated: May 25, 2011 12:44 PM

AMMAN, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's king Abdullah II called here Saturday for quick actions to restart serious negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, the Royal Hashemite Court said in a statement.

The king made the call in a meeting with foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Lebanon, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Jordan as well as Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, who met here earlier the day in a bid to enhance Arab unity over the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis.

Time is a crucial factor for launching Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the king said, adding the negotiations should involve a clear action plan whose goal is to set up a Palestinian state on Palestinian national soil as part of a peace settlement.

According to the Royal Hashemite Court statement, the king also stressed the importance to forge a unified Arab stance and speak with one voice to the international community.

This is a key element to serve the pan-Arab interest and reach a comprehensive peace based on principles reasserted by Arab leaders in a Summit in Qatar last month, the king said.

The six-nation Arab foreign ministers meeting came after a new right-wing government rose to power in Israel and proceeds King Abdullah's upcoming visit to Washington.

The king is expected to relay the Arab stance on the peace process with Israel during his talks with U.S. President Barack Obama and other senior officials.


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