France, Jordan share 'close analysis' of Mideast peace

23rd January 2011, Comments 0 comments

France's foreign minister said on Sunday that Paris and Amman share a "very close analysis" of the Middle East peace process and agree on the need for a swift restart of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

"France and Jordan share a very close analysis of the peace process, including the need to move quickly to restart the talks," Michele Alliot-Marie told journalists in Amman.

"Jordan welcomes the French idea of a greater involvement by the European Union and moderate Arab countries in efforts to put the peace process back on track," said Alliot-Marie.

For his part, the king urged the international community to "agree on immediate steps to end the deadlock in peace efforts."

"The region cannot afford to waste more chances for peace ... otherwise everybody will pay the price of more tension and conflict," he said in a palace statement.

The French minister was in Jordan on a regional tour including Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt.

After a meeting on Saturday in Amman with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, Alliot-Marie said France was ready to host another donor conference for Palestinians if the peace process was resumed.

© 2011 AFP

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