FM Ashkenazi meets Jordanian counterpart to discuss two-state solution

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi earlier today at the Allenby Crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, the latter’s office says.

The two discussed the importance of reaching a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Safadi’s office. While Ashkenazi is believed to support the idea, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come out largely against it in recent years and no longer uses the phrase.

This was the third such meeting between the ministers at Allenby Crossing.

Safadi used the opportunity to express Amman’s concern over ongoing settlement building and demolition of Palestinian homes by Israel, his office says. The foreign minister also said that the resumption of security and economic ties between Israel and the Palestinian Authority must be followed up by a return to direct negotiations aimed at reaching a solution to the conflict based on the pre-1967 borders.

Ashkenazi issues his own statement on the meeting, which is far more vague, saying the two leaders discussed a range of issues.