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King Abdullah, Putin to Discuss Middle East Peace Process - 2003-11-19

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Jordan's King Abdullah are meeting Wednesday to discuss ways to revive the Middle East peace process.

Russian and Jordanian officials have said there is no alternative to implementing the road map peace plan in the Middle East.

The road map, which envisions the creation of a Palestinian state by 2005, is backed by the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia, but it has been stalled by ongoing violence.

During their talks Wednesday at the Kremlin, President Putin and King Abdullah are expected discuss ways to bring the Israelis and Palestinians back to peace talks.

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited Russia in a failed bid to convince Moscow to drop its efforts to turn the road map into a binding U.N. Security Council resolution.

President Putin and King Abdullah are also expected to discuss the latest developments in Iraq, as well as bilateral cooperation in fostering trade and regional security.