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Jordan king asks Obama to work on Mideast peace

AMMAN (AFP) – Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election, telling him the Middle East’s future “hinges on” resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

“Your re-election gives you a second important chance to achieve peace in the Middle East,” a statement quoted the king as saying in a letter to Obama.

“The future of the Middle East hinges on finding a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

The king, whose country is a key US ally that has a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, said “our joint efforts must continue to accomplish this objective.”

“Brave action is needed to place our strategic region on the path of stability, security and prosperity,” the king said.

Jordanians of Palestinian origin form a significant proportion of the kingdom’s 6.7 million population, according to experts.


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