Amman: Jordan`s King Abdullah held talks in
Amman on Sunday with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on the
imminent relaunch of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks,
the palace said.
"The meeting focused on efforts to resolve the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict and ensure a just, comprehensive
and permanent peace in the region," a palace statement said.
"The king and Barak discussed steps that should be taken
to help the Palestinians and Israel succeed in their direct
talks in Washington."
The administration of US President Barack Obama will
relaunch direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in
Washington on Thursday, following months of proximity talks
during which US Middle East envoy George Mitchell
shuttled between the parties.
Abdullah, whose country signed a 1994 peace treaty with
Israel, told Israel`s Barak that the negotiations "should be
dealt with in a serious way."
"Achieving peace in the Middle East is of strategic
interest for the region and the world," the statement quoted
the king as saying.
Thursday`s meeting will launch the first direct
negotiations between the two sides since the Palestinians
broke off talks in December 2008 after Israel launched a
devastating offensive against the Gaza Strip.
The king was to leave on Sunday for London en route to
Washington, where he will attend Obama`s White House dinner on
September 1, on the eve of the Palestinian-Israeli talks, a
senior Jordanian official told AFP.