Abbas meets with Jordanian King Abdullah to discuss PA future
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Jordan on Monday in an attempt to gain support of the Arab world following the victory of the rival Hamas party.
There he met with Jordanian Prime Minister Marouf Al Bakhit and is expected to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah.
Abbas and Al Bakhit reportedly discussed the revival and continuation of the peace process with Israel, according to one Jordanian official.
Abbas is also planning a meeting later this week in Cairo with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal to discuss the establishment of a Hamas-led Palestinian government, according to Haaretz and the AP.
He is also expected to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday.
On Monday, Abbas met with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ramallah, where he repeated his commitment to agreements it has signed with Israel.
Hamas, for its part, is expected to embark of a tour of the region, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to garner support from the Arab world.
The group will likely turn to Egypt to help persuade Abbas to join the future Hamas-led Palestinian government, which many Fatah members oppose.
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