Jordan and Turkey call for 'serious and effective' peace talks

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Turkish President Erdogan meet, call for "serious and effective" Israel-PA peace talks.

Elad Benari ,

King Abdullah and Erdogan
King Abdullah and Erdogan

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called for new "serious and effective" peace talks between Israel and Palestinian Arabs, the royal palace said, according to AFP.

During a meeting in Amman, the two urged "the resumption of serious and effective negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel to end the conflict on the basis of a two-state solution to assure an independent Palestinian state with June 1967 borders and east Jerusalem as capital".

"New peace negotiations must take place according to a precise timetable and be based on international resolutions," Erdogan and Abdullah said.

The two also expressed their "unequivocal rejection of any attempt to change the legal and historical situation in the Al-Aqsa mosque and any unilateral Israeli action threatening the identity of east Jerusalem".

The statement comes ahead of a visit to the region by an American delegation, led by President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

Kushner and the members of the delegation will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt.

On Saturday, the Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers, along with the PA official in charge of foreign affairs, expressed support for the United States’ Middle East peace efforts.

They said in a joint statement they "appreciated the American role to achieve peace" between the Israelis and Palestinian Arabs.

Talks between Israel and the PA have been at a standstill since 2014, when the PA unilaterally applied to join international organizations in breach of the conditions of the talks, which were overseen by then-Secretary of State John Kerry.

Though Israel has agreed to negotiate, Abbas continues to impose preconditions on talks instead of meeting Netanyahu.