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Arab Officials Meet to Unify Position on Peace Process


Foreign ministers from five Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority have met in a bid to enhance Arab unity on the Middle East peace process.

Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh says Saturday's meeting in the Jordanian capital, Amman, was aimed at stressing Arab commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Officials at the meeting also said they remain committed to a Saudi initiative on Arab-Israeli peace proposed in 2002. The plans calls for fully normalizing ties with Israel in exchange for its withdrawal from all land captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.

In related news, the official Saudi news agency says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Saudi Arabia on Sunday for talks with Saudi King Abdullah.

The agency says the talks will deal with bilateral ties and issues of common concern.

Representatives from Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia also attended Saturday's meeting in Amman, as did Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa.

Judeh says Jordan's King Abdullah will convey the Arab position on the Arab-Israeli peace process to U.S. President Barack Obama when the two meet. No date has been set for the meeting. The White House says President Obama has voiced support for the Saudi initiative.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not endorsed Palestinian statehood since taking office recently.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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