Jordan, Egypt push to revive Palestinian-Israeli peace talks

LONDON– King Abdullah II of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi have stressed the significance of restarting Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

The two leaders made the statements on Monday during their bilateral meeting in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, according to Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi in a press release.

The Jordanian leader King Abdullah arrived in Cairo earlier in the day on an official visit for talks with his Egyptian counterpart.

During the meeting, both leaders stressed the need to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks in line with the international resolutions, the Arab peace initiative and based on the two-state solution, with the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The most recent round of peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, brokered by the United States, took nine months and ended in April 2014, without achieving any considerable impact or resolution.

Before the U.S. brokered failed peace deal, a Saudi-led Arab peace initiative in 2002 exhorted Israel to entirely withdraw from the Palestinian territories it has occupied since 1967 in return for normal relations with the Arab world. That position was opposed by Israel.

King Abdullah II of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi
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