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AMMAN, (AFP) – A US proposal to bolster troubled Middle East peace talks was expected within days, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said following a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday.

“His majesty and I agreed to continue our cooperation and coordination in light of an expected US position in the coming few days, and we should examine it together,” a palace statement quoted Abbas as saying.

Abbas did not elaborate.

Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have faltered following the end of a temporary ban on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank.

Abbas says he will not return to negotiations while Israel continues to build on land the Palestinians want for a future state. But Israel has so far refused to impose a new ban.

On Thursday, a Palestinian official said Washington had officially informed them that attempts to secure a new Israeli settlement freeze had failed, but US officials have refused to confirm or deny the report.

The Palestinian leader was in Amman to offer his condolences over the passing of the king’s British grandfather, retired Colonel Walter Percy Gardiner, who died on Wednesday, the palace said.

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