Egypt, Jordan leaders hold talks over Israeli-Palestinian peace
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Egypt, Jordan leaders hold talks over Israeli-Palestinian peace

Meeting comes ahead of Jared Kushner’s visit to region to advance Trump’s plan, after last month’s Bahrain workshop

Jordan's King Abdullah II, right, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi listen to their national anthems during a welcome ceremony for the latter at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, on March 28, 2017, ahead of talks on the eve of the Arab League summit. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
Jordan's King Abdullah II, right, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi listen to their national anthems during a welcome ceremony for the latter at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, on March 28, 2017, ahead of talks on the eve of the Arab League summit. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

CAIRO — Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met on Monday to discuss efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reaffirming their support for a two-state solution, Sissi’s office said.

The meeting comes ahead of an expected visit to the region by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is pushing a controversial peace plan that has been rejected by the Palestinians and criticized by Jordan.

Kushner’s initiative, partially unveiled at a Bahrain conference in June, dangled the prospect of pumping $50 billion-worth of investment into the stagnant Palestinian economy.

But it failed to address key Palestinian demands such as the establishment of their own independent state.

The political side of the plan has yet to be released.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, fifth from left, and Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, sixth from left, listen to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, standing, during the opening session of the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ workshop in Manama, Bahrain, June 25, 2019. (Bahrain News Agency via AP)

In a statement Monday, Sissi’s office said the Egyptian and Jordanian leaders had agreed on “the importance of intensifying efforts” to resume peace talks.

They stressed the talks should abide by the two-state solution long accepted internationally as the basis for a solution: a “Palestinian state based on the June 1967 boundaries with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Trump’s administration has broken with that consensus, unilaterally recognizing  Jerusalem as capital of Israel and slashing funding for the UN agency for Palestinians.

The Bahrain forum was boycotted by the Palestinian Authority, while Jordan and Egypt sent low-level representatives.

The Palestinian leadership has boycotted Trump and accused him of using promises of cash to try to impose political solutions, while ignoring Israel’s control over the West Bank.

After meeting Sissi, the Jordanian monarch headed to Tunisia to offer condolences, following the death of president Beji Caid Essebsi.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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