King Abdullah II with US President Obama
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Mahmoud Abbas
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Jordan urges world to revive Mideast peacemaking
King Abdullah II makes appeal in meeting with Abbas; assures Palestinian leader statehood bid still a priority for Jordan

Jordan's king is urging the international community to restart Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking, despite regional conflicts and tensions.


A royal palace statement says the appeal by King Abdullah II came in a closed-door meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday.


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The statement says Abdullah assured Abbas that the Palestinian right to statehood remains a priority for Jordan, which shares the longest border with Israel.


"It's important that the international community would press ahead to revive peacemaking, despite the developments in the region," Abdullah said.


Nearly half of Jordan's 6 million people are of Palestinian origin. Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries that have a peace treaty with Israel.


The statement says Abdullah blamed Israel for the stalemate in peace efforts, but did not elaborate.




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