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Jordan Wants Peaceful Settlement to Mideast, Syria Conflicts

June 28, 2013

His Majesty King Abdullah and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday discussed details of the US' bid to revive peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, on the basis of the two-state solution.

During a meeting with Kerry, who is currently on a tour in the region, talks between the two sides centred on means to boost bilateral relations and efforts to achieve Middle East peace, along with developments in the Syrian crisis.

The King told Kerry that Jordan is working to bridge the gap between the two sides, but cautioned against Israel's unilateral measures and its recurring acts of aggression against Islamic and Christian holy sites, which he said jeopardise peace chances, according to a Royal Court statement.

The King asserted that the sole path to Middle East peace, security and stability is through the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

King Abdullah noted that the Arab Peace Initiative launched in 2002 still constitutes a real chance to achieve comprehensive peace in the region, the statement added.

With regard to Syrian crisis, the King reiterated Jordan's call for a political solution through a transitional government that will end the bloodshed, safeguard Syria's territorial integrity and eliminate the possibility of the crisis spilling over into neighbours.

In an interview with the London-based Asharq Alawsat daily, the King said that there are certain parties in Syria who seek to "export" the crisis.

Highlighting the country's large efforts in hosting more than half-a-million refugees and providing relief and humanitarian assistance to them, the King called on the international community to continue to shoulder its responsibilities in supporting the Kingdom to be able to pursue its humanitarian mission.

Kerry expressed his appreciation of the Kingdom's support for regional peace and stability and the humanitarian services it provides to Syrian refugees.

This is Kerry's fifth visit to the region, during which he is scheduled to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to revive the more than a decade-old peace process.

Source: (c)2013 the Jordan Times (Amman, Jordan). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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