Jordan sees key German role within EU to spur peace talks
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Saturday told German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle that Berlin should play a key role within the European Union to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, dpa reported.
In the meeting with Westerwelle, Judeh "underscored Germany's important role and weight within the EU and the world community in pushing forward peace efforts towards resolving the conflict in the region on the basis of the two-state vision," the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said.
The Judeh called on the international community to put pressure on Israel "to stop all unilateral measures, foremost the illegal settlement activity" in the West Bank, to facilitate the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Palestinian Authority withdrew from direct talks at the end of September, after Israel failed to extend a moratorium on settlement building in the Palestinian territories that expired on September 26.
Westerwelle expressed Germany's "determination" to do whatever it can "to push peace efforts forward and preserve stability in the Middle East on the basis of the two-state solution," according to the Jordanian statement.
The German envoy visited Jordan during a regional tour that took him earlier Saturday to Baghdad, where he urged Iraqi political leaders to speed up their formation of a new government.