JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Agencies) – Saudi King Abdullah and Jordan’s King Abdullah II discussed the Middle East peace process and other regional issues during a meeting in Jeddah Saturday, official media said.
Their talks in the Red Sea city covered developments related to the Palestinian issue, the situation in Iraq and Lebanon, and ways of boosting cooperation between their countries, SPA news agency said.
The Jordanian monarch, a frequent visitor to Saudi Arabia, had arrived in Jeddah earlier Saturday.
In an interview with Jordanian television on Friday, Abdullah II urged the warring Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions to close ranks in order to benefit from an international Middle East peace conference called by US President George W. Bush for later this year.
Saudi Arabia has applauded Bush’s Middle East peace push, saying it contained elements compatible with an Arab peace plan revived at an Arab summit in Riyadh in March.
The five-year-old Saudi-authored blueprint offers Israel peace and normal ties if it withdraws from all land seized in the 1967 Middle East war and allows the creation of a Palestinian state and return of Palestinian refugees.