Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas that he hopes to hold peace talks with the
Palestinian leader in the near future.
A statement Sunday from
the prime minister's office says Mr. Abbas had called Mr. Netanyahu to
pass along his wishes on the Jewish Passover Holiday. The prime
minister's office says Mr. Netanyahu spoke of past cooperation and
discussions between the two leaders, and told Mr. Abbas he intends to
pursue similar talks in the future.
The conversation was the
first between the two since Mr. Netanyahu was elected prime minister
earlier this year. The prime minister's office said the conversation
was warm and amicable.
No date for future talks was discussed.
conversation between the two leaders comes one day after foreign
ministers from five Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority met in
Jordan to discuss Arab unity on the Middle East peace process.
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh says the meeting Saturday in Amman was
aimed at stressing Arab commitment to a two-state solution to the
Officials at the meeting also said
they remain committed to a Saudi initiative on Arab-Israeli peace
proposed in 2002. The plan calls for normalizing ties with Israel in
exchange for its withdrawal from all land captured in the 1967 Six-Day
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has yet to endorse the idea of Palestinian statehood since taking office.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.