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Jordan's king leaves Amman for talks with Cameron, Obama

Arab World Materials 11 May 2011 23:27
Jordan's King Abdullah headed to London on Wednesday at the start of a two-state tour that will also take him to the United States, dpa reported.
Jordan's king leaves Amman for talks with Cameron, Obama

Jordan's King Abdullah headed to London on Wednesday at the start of a two-state tour that will also take him to the United States, dpa reported.

His talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday and with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday are expected to focus on the repercussions of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt and the pro-democracy protests they inspired in Jordan and other Arab states, officials said.

Abdullah was also expected to urge Obama to re-launch the deadlocked US-brokered direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians with a view to accomplishing the two-state solution that envisions the creation of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, they added.

Shortly before his departure, King Abdullah was involved in consultations with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, who paid a whirlwind visit to Amman.

The United States is believed to have played a key role in convincing the leaders of the pro-US Gulf Cooperation Council member states to support Jordan's request to join the GCC during an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday, diplomats said.

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