Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Tuesday denounced Israel’s decision to legalize three settler outposts in the West Bank, during talks with US envoy David Hale.
Jordan, which has a 1994 peace deal with the Jewish state, "condemns Israeli settlement activities as well as its unilateral measures," Judeh said at the meeting with Hale, state-run Petra news agency reported.
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On Monday, it was reported that a ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to legalize the status of the settlements Bruchin, Sansana, and Rachalim.
The Palestinians denounced the move as a response to a letter from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demanding a halt to settlement activity if peace talks are to resume.
“The United States is committed to exerting all possible efforts to help achieve peace in the Middle East,” Petra quoted Hale as saying.
Judeh also discussed the peace process with Middle East peace Quartet envoy Tony Blair, the agency said.
The minister meanwhile met with families of around 22 Jordanian prisoners in Israeli jails as well as 29 missing people there, after they demonstrated outside the ministry, saying Amman is working “to end the suffering” of the inmates.
“Organizing visits to the Israeli prisons is currently being discussed,” he said without elaborating.
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