US thanks Jordan's king for peace effort

2012-01-07 13:05

Washington - US President Barack Obama thanked King Abdullah of Jordan on Friday for his efforts to convene talks with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Amman which could lead to full-fledged peace talks.

Obama "congratulated [the king] on Jordan's role" and the two leaders "expressed their shared goal of achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace in the region and promised to stay in touch in the coming weeks on this and other issues of mutual concern."

Talks in Amman on Tuesday between Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat and Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho, sponsored by Jordan and the peacemaking Quartet, were the first direct discussions between the sides in more than 15 months.

That meeting came in the context of efforts by the Quartet, made up of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia, to kick-start talks that ground to a halt shortly after they began in September 2010.