(AFP) – Jan 31, 2009
AMMAN (AFP) — US Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrived in Jordan on Saturday for talks with King Abdullah II on consolidating the ceasefire that ended the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
Jordan's king is expected to tell Mitchell that the United States must be "really engaged in the peace process based on a two-state solution, Israeli and Palestinian," a senior palace official told AFP.
US President Barack Obama's new envoy said in Jerusalem on Friday that the United States is committed to "actively and aggressively" seeking lasting peace in the Middle East but warned there would be further setbacks.
He kicked off his maiden regional tour in Egypt and has held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. He is still due to visit Saudi Arabia ahead of travelling to Europe.
The 75-year-old former US senator, who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland in 1998, has been charged by new Obama with "vigorously" resuscitating the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
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