Jordan king and Palestinian president meet to revive Palestine-Israel peace talks

Jordan king and Palestinian president meet to revive Palestine-Israel peace talks
President Abbas and King Abdullah met in the Jordanian resort town of Aqaba.
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30 November, 2020
King Abdullah and President Abbas met on Monday [file photo-Getty]

Jordan's King Abdullah met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in a bid to revive the stalled Israel-Palestine peace process under a new US administration.

The two leaders met at the Jordanian resort town of Aqaba, where they spoke about hopes for a two state solution  to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict under President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office in January.

"His Majesty stressed Jordan stood with all its resources alongside Palestinians in achieving their legitimate rights to set up an independent state," the Jordanian king said in a statement according to Reuters.

Biden spoke with King Abdullah last week, and reportedly told him that he suppored a "two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

Read also: Palestinian Authority hopes for 'positive' US role under Biden

The comment is in stark contrast to the approach to the issue by President Donald Trump, who has been accused of heavily favouring Israel.

Trump broke with decades of US foreign policy by walking away from support for a two-state solution, backing Israeli annexation of Palestinian land, and recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Relations between the US and Palestinian Authority soured during Trump's four-years in power.

Abbas cut relations with Washington three years ago in protest at Trump's actions, which included the so-called "Deal of the Century" which was rejected outright by Ramallah due to it favouring Israel and offering the Palestinians very little in return.

The PA has said it will restore ties with the US under a Biden administration in the hope of him pursuing a more just peace.

Abbas will head to Egypt on Monday to seek Cairo's support for a new peace process.

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