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UPDATED: 10:14, April 01, 2007
Jordan's King urges Germany to play key role in Mideast peace
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Jordan's King Abdullah II on Saturday called on Germany to play a key role in exerting the efforts to move the peace process forward, Jordan's news agency Petra reported.

During meeting with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Red Sea port of Aqaba, in Jordan, Abdullah underscored the importance of Germany's role in efforts made aiming at building upon the momentum that emerged from the Arab Summit with a view to move the Middle East peace process out of the present deadlock.

The Arab countries have committed themselves to playing a positive role in the peace process by adopting an Arab initiative that seeks to establish just and comprehensive peace which meets the interests of the two sides of the Middle East conflict, said Abdullah.

"The Arab peace plan provides an ideal framework for political negotiations between Israel and the Arabs because it is capable of producing a comprehensive settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict, starting with the setting up of an independent and viable Palestinian state that lives in peace with Israel," he said, calling on Germany, as holder of the EU presidency, to push Israel to seize the opportunity emerged now.

"Joint action between the Arabs and Europe will ensure optimism and hope for the Palestinians that they can attain a better life," he added.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in Iraq and expressed concern over the violence in Iraq.

Early on Saturday, Merkel arrived in Jordan on the first leg of her Middle East tour which also includes the Palestinian territories, Israel and Lebanon.

Source: Xinhua

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