US Secretary of State to meet with Jordan king in peace talks bid
US Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday, in the first of a series of meetings with Arab officials designed to revive the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, dpa reported.
According to US officials, Kerry was to meet with Abdullah and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh ahead of talks with Arab diplomats.
Kerry's talks with Abdullah were also likely to address the Syrian crisis, said a Jordanian Foreign Ministry official close to the proceedings.
Later on Wednesday Kerry, who is currently on a two-day visit to Jordan, was scheduled to meet with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and foreign ministers and envoys representing Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
His talks with Arab officials were expected to centre on the so-called 2002 Arab Peace Initiative - an offer by 17 Arab countries to grant recognition and full diplomatic ties to Israel in return for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.
Deliberations were also set to include so-called "final status" issues such as settlements and the fate of more than 4 million Palestinian refugees across the region, according to the Jordanian official.
On Tuesday, Kerry met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, with their talks lasting more than five hours, according to Palestinian officials.
Kerry, who is on his sixth visit to the region since assuming his post in February, is scheduled to leave for Washington on Thursday.