Kerry, Jordan's king discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

March 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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AQABA, Jordan, March 7 (UPI) -- The international community must back Middle East peace efforts based on a two-state solution, Jordan's King Abdullah said Friday.

Jordan's leader and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Aqaba to discuss developments concerning Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Jordan's news agency Petra reported.

King Abdullah urged negotiators and the international community to support peace efforts in the region based on the two-state solution that leads to establishing an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Kerry praised the ruler's efforts to bring about peace, security and stability in the Middle East, Petra said.

Kerry hopes to announce a framework peace deal by the end of April, when the current round of negotiations is to end, Voice of America reported.

Each side has publicly blamed the other for failing to make concessions. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said he wants Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Abbas has refused, saying it would endanger the rights of Arab Israeli citizens and Palestinian refugees wanting to return to their former homes.

Voice of America said the two sides also must agree on security agreements, borders, and the status of Jerusalem in a future Palestinian state.

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