Jordan King: Final settlement for Palestinian issue - up to Israelis and Palestinians
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday stressed that the final settlement for the Palestinian issue is up to the concerned parties. During his meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister, Ahmad Qurei, at Raghadan Palace, the Jordanian king briefed the Palestinian PM on his efforts to revive the peace process, pointing to his recent contacts
with the US administration and his letter to the US president on re-launching peace talks on the base of the UN resolutions and the roadmap.
According to Petra news agency, the Jordanian monarch noted that the Israeli plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip should be part of a comprehensive withdrawal as it is stipulated in the US-backed roadmap for peace.
During the meeting, Abdullah said that "we will soon exert efforts and contacts to stress that the final status of the Palestinian issue should be negotiated by the concerned parties and any other solutions that exclude the Palestinians will not be successful."
Abdullah's comments came after US officials were quoted as saying late Tuesday that President Bush was to offer the Jordanian King assurances next week that the United States has not pre-judged the outcome of eventual peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
The assurances would come in the form of written letters of guarantee or statements of clarification. (Albawaba.com)
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