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Jordan stresses need to focus on peace process

(Xinhua)

09:38, August 30, 2011

AMMAN, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Jordanian foreign minister said Monday that current developments in the Arab world should not deviate the world's attention away from the Palestinian issue, which is the core issue in the Middle East, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

"In spite of the current developments, nothing justifies halting efforts to proceed with the peace process and create an independent and viable Palestinian state," Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh said at a press conference jointly held with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

The young generation will view the current regional changes positively in the future, said Judeh, stressing the need to save the peace process and resume direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks for the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

The minister underlined the key role the EU plays in pushing the peace process forward and supporting peacemaking efforts.

Ashton, for her part, stressed the need to place pressure on the Palestinians and Israel to resume peace talks.

Also on Monday, King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Ashton and reviewed developments in the region.

The two sides looked into means to push the peace process forward, stressing the important roles of the EU and Arab states in this regard.

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