King Abdullah on Sunday called for a â€œclear timelineâ€ for resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, a Royal Court statement said.At a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the King said todayâ€™s four-way Middle East summit in Sharm El Sheikh â€œmust be seized as an opportunity to formulate a clear timeline for a return to negotiationsâ€.
The Monarch and Abbas also discussed preparations for the summit, during which they will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
â€œThe summit will discuss ways to support the Palestinian people, especially by lifting the siege on the Palestinians and the resumption of negotiations,” according to the statement.
King Abdullah called Olmert yesterday and stressed the need to beginÂ final status negotiations, leading to an end to occupation to establish an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, â€œboth are seen by Jordan as a one integrated entityâ€.
Abbas was to travel to Egypt for further preparatory talks with Mubarak, Agence France-Presse reported.
The King yesterday expressed Jordan’s full support for the Palestinian Authority as the â€œlegitimate representative of the Palestinians as well as for the Palestinian Authorityâ€™s efforts to lift the siege on the Palestinian people, build national Palestinian institutions and move the peace process forwardâ€.
The Monarch said â€œevents in the Gaza Strip had dealt a significant blow to Palestinian unityâ€.
â€œThe Palestinian people have reached a critical juncture in their history,â€ he added.
Calling on the Palestinians to restore order and unity, the King said Jordan â€œopposes the division of Palestinian societyâ€.
â€œThe Palestinian national interest must supersede all other considerations in decision making in order to overcome the repercussions that threaten the Palestinian cause.â€
He urged the Arab and international communities to support the Palestinian people â€œin every possible way and to intensify their efforts to advance the peace process towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflictâ€.
The King said the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip â€œwas and continues to be a priority shared by both Jordanians and Palestiniansâ€.
He said Jordan will continue to back the Palestinian people’s â€œaspirations for freedom and independenceâ€.
Abbas, on his part, briefed the King on developments in the Palestinian territories following Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip.
â€œHe expressed appreciation for Jordan’s support for Palestinians, including a recent urgent aid shipment to Gaza to alleviate hardships caused by major shortages in basic commodities,â€ the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted officials as sayingÂ â€œKing Abdullah will demand Olmert honour Israelâ€™s commitments to pushing the peace process and begin political negotiations on final status issues.â€
They said Israelâ€™s decision to approve the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars to Abbas’ new government was â€œnot enoughâ€.
â€œWhat needed is the launch of a genuine peace process that would lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state,â€ the official said.
â€œIsraelâ€™s reluctance to accept the Arab Peace Initiative and not honouring peace commitments in line with the roadmap will boost hardliners in the region.â€