Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Kerry, Abdallah focus on faltering ME talks  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 08/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) AQABA, Jordan: US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Jordan on Friday for talks with King Abdallah on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a US spokeswoman said

The brief stop in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, where the talks were held, was not previously announced

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry, who arrived from Rome from where he also brought back his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh, was to discuss the Middle East peace process with the monarch

?We are arriving in Aqaba, Jordan, with Foreign Minister Judeh today to see King Abdallah to talk about the peace process,? Harf said

Following Kerry?s departure, the palace issued a short statement saying that he ?briefed the king on the latest developments in the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

?Kerry also briefed the king on talks between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington? this week, it said

?The king stressed the need for achieving comprehensive peace in line with a two-state solution...

He insisted that ?Jordanian high interest, particularly in final status issues, tops Jordan?s priorities,? the statement said without elaborating

Jordan is one of only two Arab states to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, and King Abdallah holds a special position because the 1994 accord recognizes his country?s ?historic? role in caring for Muslim holy sites in east Jerusalem

Last month, Jordan warned that it might review the peace treaty after Israeli MPs debated allowing Jewish prayers at Jerusalem?s sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound, saying the kingdom?s custodianship was ?not a privilege granted by Israel.

Israel and the Palestinians remain deadlocked in ongoing peace talks that Kerry helped to launch last July

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and to ?abandon the fantasy? of flooding it with returning Palestinian refugees

His remarks sparked a furious reaction from the Palestinians, who denounced his demand and said it had effectively put the final nail in the coffin of the talks

The spat threw a harsh spotlight on the divide between the two sides and the Herculean task faced by Kerry, who is trying to get them to agree on a framework for extending direct peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline

Israel has repeatedly insisted there will be no peace deal without addressing the issue of recognition, and a clause relating to this has been inserted into Kerry?s as-yet-unpublished framework proposal

For the Palestinians, the issue is intimately entwined with the fate of their refugees who were forced out of their homes or fled in 1948 when Israel became a state

They see Netanyahu?s demand as a way of sidestepping a negotiated solution to the refugee issue

The Palestinians have also long viewed Israeli settlement construction as a major obstacle to peace talks, arguing that Israel is actively building on land that should be part of their future state

Netanyahu has also alluded to Israel?s demand to retain a military presence along the Jordan Valley, which runs down the eastern flank of the West Bank, in any future deal, saying he would not cede security to foreign peacekeepers

Kerry has said a peace treaty will deal with all the core issues dividing the two sides, including the contours of a future Palestinian state, refugees, the fate of Jerusalem claimed by both as a capital, security and mutual recognition

Under the US proposal, a unified Jerusalem would be the capital of both states without defining the outlines of east Jerusalem.


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 3 2015 - Kuwait- KSE benchmark, weighted index fall in end of sessionKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Benchmark and weighted index of Kuwait Stock Exchange dropped in end of Thursday's session.Price index read 6,181, losing 5.66, weighted index edged down by 0.2, ...

 Jul 3 2015 - Bahrain condemns attacks in SinaiKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Bahrain strongly condemned Thursday recent attacks in the northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which killed scores of soldiers and policemen.It added in a ...

 Jul 3 2015 - EU extends police mission for PalestineKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The EU Thursday announced the prolongation of the EU police mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) until 30 June 2016.The mission is part of wider ...

 Jul 3 2015 - Tunisia arrests eight suspects over Sousse attackKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Eight suspects, including a woman, have been arrested in connection with Friday's deadly attack in the Tunisian resort of Sousse, said an official here ...

 Jul 3 2015 - Kuwait- His Highness Amir receives cable from Polish pres. on mosque blast victimsKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Thursday a cable of condolences from Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowsk on the victims ...

 Jul 3 2015 - Kuwait- His Highness Amir receives cable from Bulgarian pres.Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Thursday a cable of condolences from Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev on the victims of ...

 Jul 3 2015 - Kuwait- His Highness Amir receives condolence cable from Lithuanian pres.Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Thursday a cable of condolences from Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on the victims ...

 Jul 3 2015 - Kuwait- His Highness Amir receives cable from Greek pres.Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Thursday a cable of condolences from Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on the victims ...

 Jul 3 2015 - Arab League condemns attacks on army, police in SinaiKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Council of the Arab League has condemned attacks on Egyptian army and police forces in North Sinai on Wednesday, which left 30 troops killed or injured.The ...

 Jul 3 2015 - Kuwait - Parliament Speaker receives condolence cables on mosque blast victimsKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim received on Thursday condolence cables from Nicaraguan Parliament Speaker Rene Nunez, Secretary-General of ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help