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Arab FMs to discuss Mideast peace
King Abdullah to host consultative meeting of six Arabs foreign ministers on Saturday 'to coordinate an Arab position towards peace,' says senior official

Jordan will host a "consultative" meeting of six Arab foreign ministers on Saturday to discuss the Middle East peace process, a senior official said on Thursday.

 

The top diplomats of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Syria, the Palestinian Authority and Lebanon in addition to Jordan and the Arab League will hold talks in Amman ahead of a planned visit to Washington by King Abdullah II, a key US ally.

 

"It will be a consultative meeting to coordinate an Arab position towards peace," the official told AFP.

 

"The king enjoys credibility on the international scene, and the Arab countries seek to use this in order to convey their position towards peace to the United States during the visit."

 

The official gave no further details.

 

A similar meeting was held on the sidelines of last month's Arab summit in Doha.

 

Arab countries support a Saudi-inspired Arab peace initiative, which is on the table since 2002, offering the Jewish state full normalization of ties in return for its withdrawal from occupied Arab lands.

 

Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab states that have made peace with Israel.

 

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