Turkey, Jordan call for ‘serious’ Mideast talks

Turkey, Jordan call for ‘serious’ Mideast talks

Turkey, Jordan call for ‘serious’ Mideast talks

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Jordan's King Abdullah II and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Aug. 21 for new "serious and effective" peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the royal palace said.

Meeting in Amman, they 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".

Talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since the failure of US mediation in the spring of 2014.

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

They 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 sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the eastern sector's Old City was the focus last month of a tense standoff after Israel introduced new security measures following an attack that killed two policemen.

Jordan's king said earlier this month that a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians was becoming more and more difficult.

In January, U.S. President Donald Trump came to power promising to push Israelis and Palestinians towards a peace deal, raising brief hopes among Palestinians that his unconventional approach could achieve results.
But Palestinians have become increasingly frustrated by what they see as his negotiating team's one-sided approach.