Israeli, Jordanian Foreign Ministers Have First Meeting in Seven Months
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres had his first talks with his Jordanian counterpart Abdel Ilah Khatib in seven months Friday, the Jordanian news agency Petra reported Saturday.
The two discussed the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in their meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the agency said.
Petra said Khatib had called for "a halt to Israeli military operations against the Palestinian people and an end to the blockade of the occupied territories to create a favorable climate for relaunching negotiations".
Khatib and Peres had not met since the end of April, and Jordan, only the second Arab country after Egypt to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, has had no ambassador in Tel Aviv for a year.
However Jordan's King Abdullah II told the London Times last week that the Arab world must be ready to offer a collective guarantee of Israel's security in return for the setting up of a Palestinian state – Amman (AFP)
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