Jordan, Egypt, Palestinians to Meet Tuesday in Aqaba
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah Khatib, his Egyptian counterpart Amr Mussa, and two senior Palestinian officials, Mahmud Abbas and Saeb Erakat, are to meet Tuesday in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba, a senior Jordanian official told AFP.
The aim of the meeting is to "coordinate positions following the talks between Jordanian, Egyptian and Palestinian leaders on ways of ending Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people," the source said.
This meeting "suggested by King Abdullah II of Jordan and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak" is also aimed at allowing "the start of a dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis," the same source said.
Abdullah told Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Sunday he would use all his efforts to re-establish the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue and bring calm back to the Palestinian territories.
The Jordanian king phoned Arafat shortly after his return from Cairo, where he talked with the Egyptian president about "a mechanism to intensify efforts aimed at ensuring an immediate halt to the violence."
Jordan and Egypt, the only two countries to have signed peace deals with Israel, have recently taken a firmer tone towards the Jewish state to protest the use of excessive force against the Palestinians, while stating their commitment to the Arab-Israeli peace process – AMMAN (AFP)
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