US President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt and advisor Jared Kushner have met Jordanian King Abdullah II to discuss Washington’s so-called Palestinian-Israeli peace initiative and the regional issues.
“They discussed increasing cooperation between the United States and Jordan, regional issues, the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and the Trump administration’s efforts to facilitate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” the White House said in a statement.
The Tuesday meeting in the capital Amman came a day after King Abdullah II hosted a rare meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which the Jordanian monarch underlined the need for settlement of Palestinian-Israeli conflict “based on the two-state solution.”
The US delegation is also scheduled to visit Israel, Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Saturday that the so-called peace plan, which has been promoted by the US is “meaningless” as it lacks the support of Palestinians.
The Palestinian Authority says any plan that does not recognize East Jerusalem al-Quds as the Palestinian capital or address the problem of refugees will be unsuccessful.
The US-Palestine ties deteriorated last December, when Washington recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
The contentious move led President Mahmoud Abbas to formally declare that Palestinians would no longer accept the US as a mediator to resolve the conflict because Washington was “completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.
The US embassy relocation took place on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), sparking deadly clashes in Gaza.
Israel lays claim to the whole Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as an occupied territory and Palestinians consider it as the capital of their future state.
The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement expansion on Palestinian territories.