Olmert secretly meets with Jordanian King in Amman

Thursday, December 21, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met secretly on Tuesday with King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman at the royal palace to discuss recent developments in the region, including the situation in the Palestinian Authority and ways to kick-start the peace process.

Olmert was accompanied by Chief of Staff Yoram Turbovich, Military Aide Gadi Shamni, and Political Advisor Shalom Turgeman. The two heads of state first met privately for an hour and then for an additional hour and a half with their aides.

During the meeting, King Abdullah expressed deep concern from the envelopments in the PA and the possibility of strengthening Hamas and the toppling of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s government. Abdullah said the moderates must be strengthened and stop the extremists and urged Olmert to meet with Abbas to discuss the two-state solution. Abdullah also warned of returning to unilateral steps, which turned out to be a political failure. He added that the US must invest more efforts in the rejuvenation of the peace process, which is at a standstill because of the current situation in the PA.

“In order to regain the trust in the peace process, there is a need to show both sides that there are viable partners for peace,” King Abdullah.

King Abdullah called on Olmert to seriously consider the Arab initiative for peace, which he believes is the proper foundation for solving the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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