Egyptian, Jordanian Leaders Hold Summit on Rising Mideast Conflict
Jordan's King Abdullah is due in Cairo on Monday for an urgent summit meeting with President Hosni Mubarak to discuss the regional situation in the wake of escalating Palestinian-Israeli fighting, reports said.
The two leaders will discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian territories.
They will also exchange views on “the efforts underway to stop the cycle of violence and pave the way for a resumption of peace negotiations,” AFP said.
“The summit will discuss ways of supporting the American efforts to restore peace and re-start negotiations,” a Jordanian royal court official was quoted by the agency as saying.
The two men agreed on Sunday to hold the urgent summit following Palestinian suicide attacks that left at least 27 Israelis dead and more than 260 wounded, forcing Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon to cut short his visit to US and return to Israel.
Jordan on Sunday denounced, through its Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah Khatib, the deadly Palestinian suicide attacks against civilians in occupied Jerusalem, stressing that “such violence serves no one.”
in a statement to AFP, Khatib said "Jordan denounces attacks on civilians and hopes that the losses in human lives in addition to all the losses sustained in the past 14 months will be enough to persuade everyone that these bloody confrontations will not achieve any results for any of the parties.”
Meanwhile, Egypt has deplored the suicide attacks, and called for an end to “military actions and reprisals to prevent bloodshed.”
According to the Tel-Aviv-based Haaretz newspaper, some 200 Israelis have died in the latest Palestinian uprising against 34 years of military occupation. Palestinians, meanwhile, have seen over 700 people killed and between 8,500 and 10,000 wounded, said the paper – Albawaba.com
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