Thursday, November 20, 2008

Jordan's Abdullah meets Olmert, Barak in Amman

From THE JERUSALEM POST, Nov. 20, 2008:

In an effort by Jordan to prevent a large-scale IDF operation in the Gaza Strip, King Abdullah II met Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak at his palace in Amman, according to reports Thursday morning.

...during Tuesday's meeting, Abdullah urged Olmert and Barak not to embark on such an operation, saying it would have serious repercussions for Jordan. Despite the king's plea, Olmert and Barak stressed that if rocket attacks on Gaza periphery communities do not stop, Israel would be forced to respond.

... during the secret meeting, the two sides also discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations... Olmert briefed Abdullah on the ongoing peace talks and the results of his recent meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

...Abdullah stressed the need for continued peace negotiations and progress towards a two-state solution, which he said was the only option for achieving peace in the region. He also reportedly emphasized that Jordan had a strategic interest in the establishment of a Palestinian state....
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