Opposition blasts Jordan for hosting Israeli-Palestinian talks
Jordanian opposition parties and trade unions on Thursday urged the government to go back on its decision of hosting talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, dpa reported.
Jordan on Tuesday hosted the first face-to-face encounter in 16 months between Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho as well as a meeting of the Middle East Quartet in a bid to restart deadlocked peace negotiations.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh announced at the end of the discussions that Palestinian and Israeli negotiators agreed to hold a series of meetings in Amman in February.
A group of opposition parties and trade unions in a statement urged the government "not to be party to negotiations that seek to sabotage Palestinian reconciliation, liquidate the Palestinian cause and forge solutions at Jordan's expense."
The group comprises the Islamic Action Front, seven other pan-Arab and left-leaning opposition parties and 16 trade unions.
The Amman meetings were rejected by Hamas, which is in control of the Gaza Strip.