Egyptian, Jordanian leaders urge not to 'give up' on two-state solution


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman, Jordan, Jan. 16, 2014. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO/FLASH90.

( The leaders of Jordan and Egypt, Israel’s two main Arab allies, reaffirmed their support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at a meeting in Cairo Tuesday.

“The two sides discussed future movements to break the gridlock within the Middle East peace process, especially with U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration taking power,” according to a statement issued after the meeting between Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

“They also discussed mutual coordination to reach a two-state solution and establish a Palestinian state based on the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as a capital which is a national constant that cannot be given up,” the statement said.

The meeting between the two Arab leaders came just days after a report revealed the same heads of state had met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year in a failed bid by the Obama administration to put together a regional summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

During his meeting with Netanyahu last week, Trump suggested that he would be open to other solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including a one-state solution. 

Posted on February 21, 2017 .