Jordan and PA want clear U.S. position on Palestinian state

Following meeting between Jordan's King and PA chairman, the sides call on Washington to clarify its position on a two-state solution.

Elad Benari ,

King Abdullah II and Abbas
King Abdullah II and Abbas

Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are demanding that Washington establish a clear position regarding the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, Haaretz reported Monday.

The demand came in a statement after a meeting in Ramallah between PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

The statement, by the chief PA negotiator Saeb Erakat, came after the two leaders met in an effort to improve joint cooperation following the recent Temple Mount crisis.

Alongside full coordination on the two leaders' positions, they also agreed that Washington must clearly decide the goal for the diplomatic process between Israel and the PA is the foundation of a Palestinian state on the basis of the two-state solution, Erekat said, according to Haaretz.

He also said that Washington must agree that negotiations require a complete freeze in Israeli construction, including in eastern Jerusalem.

The PA official in charge of foreign affairs, Riyad al-Malki, said Monday’s meeting resulted in the construction of a joint Palestinian-Jordanian team that will be assigned to deal with future crises and seek to improve joint coordination following the latest Temple Mount flare-up.

Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that the meeting was "an important visit that constitutes a continuation of close coordination between the two sides on all levels", according to Haaretz.

The Jordanian king’s visit came in the wake of growing tensions between Israel and Jordan, over both the Temple Mount crisis and after the incident in which an Israeli security official at the Israeli embassy in Jordan shot and killed a Jordanian who attacked him.

Ahead of his visit, King Abdullah met Jordanian lawmakers on Sunday and said there will be no breakthrough in the peace process between Israel and the PA if there is no U.S. commitment to supporting a solution to the “Palestinian issue”.