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28 August 2006
King receives Greek FM, meets Abbas Thursday, 24-Aug-2006
Amman, 24/8/2006, (Communication & Information Division - Royal Hashemite Court) -- His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday received Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyianni and stressed that the international community should step up efforts to find solutions to Middle East conflicts and ensure that Lebanese crisis does not reoccur.
Reiterating the need for supporting the Lebanese government, the King said war losses were very huge, which requires more efforts to help end Lebanese suffering.
The King agreed with the Greek foreign minister that the Palestinian issue is the core problem in regional conflicts and that peace negotiations should be revived.
“It is very important that we never forget that the cornerstone of the problems in the Middle East was, is and will be until a solution, the Palestinian problem,” she was quoted as saying.
“War can never be an answer to any problem in the Middle East. We need political solutions we need to try again to put forward the peace process.”
Also on Thursday, the King held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The King said only dialogue and negotiations would lead to a settlement of the Palestinian problem, reiterating that unilateral solutions have proved useless.
He added that Jordan supported the Palestinian - Palestinian talks to reinforce the domestic front.