King Abdullah holds talks with Olmert
Jordan-Israel, Politics, 6/9/2006
King of Jordan Abdullah II emphasized that "the two- state solution is the only solution that we should seek."
In a press conference held with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday, the King stressed that the two-state solution is the solution that must be achieved through bilateral Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and agreements that are based on the Road Map.
''A negotiated agreement that leads to a viable and contiguous independent Palestinian state, on Palestinian territories will help establish a just, comprehensive Middle East peace that provides security and stability to every Arab and Israeli, man, women and child," Petra the Jordanian News Agency quoted the King as saying. "It is a peace that people on both sides will defend and protect now and in the future.''
He also renewed Jordan's commitment to assisting the Palestinians and the Israeli to achieve the desired peace.
King Abdullah said that he looks forward to a strong partnership for peace with Olmert and to more cooperation between the two countries. '' We agreed to stay in close contact in the weeks ahead to help move the peace forward.''
King Abdullah said that Olmert stressed his commitment to the Road Map, and to reaching a peace agreement in the near future in partnership with the Palestinians. '' I am pleased to learn that Olmert will be meeting soon with President Mahmoud Abbas.''
''We also shared our concern over the deteriorating economic and humanitarian situation in the Palestinian area, and we expressed Jordan's desire for all parties to work together to guarantee the resumption of assistance to the Palestinian people,'' the King said.
For his part, Olmert said that Israel is committed to the Road Map and to advancing the bilateral track with the Palestinians, adding that Israel will invest all efforts in order to advance this avenue. ''To that end, and in order to achieve the goal of a two state solution that we all strive for, I assured His Majesty that I intend to meet with President Abbas."
He also expressed hope that the Palestinian government would implement the demands of the Quartet and the international community to make it possible to hold negotiations on the basis of the Road Map.
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