(dpa) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held consultations Tuesday with Jordan's King Abdullah II on the latest developments in the peace process ahead of the Palestinian leader's trips to Moscow and Washington.
"We have discussed the coordination of attitudes before the trips to Moscow and Washington," Abbas told reporters after the meeting.
He pointed out that his discussions with Russian leaders would tackle the international conference on Arab-Israeli peace that had been proposed by Moscow.
The Palestinian leader said that his talks with US President George W Bush in the last week of April would cover the ongoing peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as well as the "truce" being discussed by Egypt with the Israelis.
"There has been no truce so far and we want this truce and I have discussed it with the Israeli Prime Minister," Abbas said.
"Our brethren in Egypt are conducting hectic efforts to arrive at such a truce, which should provide for a reciprocal halt of military operations in the Gaza Strip," he added.
From his part, King Abdullah urged a halt to all "Israeli unilateral practices, foremost the cessation of settlement activities and lifting the siege" imposed on the Gaza Strip.
He said that such steps were essential for concluding a "just and durable peace" between Israel and the Palestinians.