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Jordan’s King Urges Bush To Revive Mideast Peace Process January 12, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Politics, US News, White House, World News.
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AMMAN (AP)–Jordan’s King Abdullah II urged U.S. President George W. Bush to make greater efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when the U.S. president called the Jordanian monarch on Friday, the palace said in a statement.

Bush called both the king and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to discuss Iraq, the peace process and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the Middle East this weekend, National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Washington.

The palace said Abdullah encouraged Bush to intensify his effort to relaunch the peace process, adding that a solution would have to be based on the establishment of a Palestinian state and the Arab initiative.

The Arab initiative, unveiled at the Arab Summit in Beirut in 2002, calls for Israel to withdraw from all territory occupied since the 1967 Middle East war in return for full recognition by Arab countries.

Bush briefed Abdullah on his plans to try to revive negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, which haven’t taken place since early 2001, and referred to Rice’s visit, the palace said.

Rice is expected to visit Israel and Jordan this weekend, and then fly to Cairo for talks with Mubarak.

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