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UPDATED: 08:03, June 08, 2006
Israeli PM, Jordanian king to meet on Thursday
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Israel's Government Press Office announced in a statement on Wednesday morning that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would meet Jordanian King Abdullah II in the Jordanian capital Amman on Thursday.

An earlier statement issued on Tuesday said that the meeting would be held on Wednesday.

According to the new statement, the two leaders are scheduled to meet at 13:30 (1030 GMT) at the Royal Palace in Amman and will issue statements after talks.

The office gave no more details and apologized for its previous mistake in the Tuesday statement.

Observers expect Olmert to discuss with Abdullah his so-called "realignment plan", under which Israel will draw the final borders with the Palestinians by 2010 by withdrawing from isolated settlements in the West Bank and consolidating bigger ones, unilaterally if necessary.

Jordanian officials have said that Abdullah will urge Olmert to avoid unilateral steps and revive long-stalled peace process on the basis of the internationally-backed road map peace plan that envisions a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Olmert's coming trip will be the second of its kind to an Arab country since he was sworn in as prime minister on May 4.

On Sunday, Olmert held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh.

At a joint news conference with Mubarak after the meeting, Olmert said that Israel was willing to negotiate with the Palestinians on the road map plan, but he insisted that Israel would resort to other ways if peace talks lead nowhere.

Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries to ink a full peace treaty with Israel.

Source: Xinhua


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