Netanyahu meets King Abdullah in Jordan

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2010
King Abdullah II

King Abdullah II

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has held “constructive discussions” on the Middle East peace process with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that the previously unannounced talks in Amman “focused on the need to advance peace, security and prosperity in the region."

The pair also talked about "the need to ensure direct, serious and effective negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that would address all final status issues and create a solution of two states for two peoples in which Israelis and Palestinians will live in lasting and secure peace.”

Jordanian officials said the leaders talked for two hours and “discussed ways to create the right environment” for peace negotiations.

Mr Netanyahu last met the Jordanian king more than a year ago, just weeks after he took office as Israel’s prime minister.

King Abdullah is now due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at an Arab League meeting in the Jordanian capital.

Last updated: 8:35am, July 28 2010