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Report on negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis in Amman untrue- Foreign Ministry.

Amman, April 5 (Petra)--The Foreign Ministry on Thursday denied what had been published by the local media about a meeting between Palestinians and Israelis in Amman with the headline "Palestinian, Israeli Negotiators meet in Amman".

Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sabah AlRafie said that the information in the article itself, referring to these meetings as having taken place at the Jordanian Foreign Ministry in the presence of Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh with a welcoming speech to the negotiators by the minister, is also untrue.

"The Foreign Ministry is surprised about publishing such information relying on "anonymous sources" without verifying it with the ministry," she added.

AlRafie said that Foreign Minister Judeh was very clear on this issue in his recent Jordan TV interview, where he said that Jordanian diplomatic efforts led by His Majesty King Abdullah II had succeeded in breaking the impasse between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators by launching exploratory talks in Amman last January.

She added that these efforts, according to the minister, led to creating the conducive environment for negotiators to continue their dialogue through a series of bilateral meetings that they held in recent days.

"The foreign minister also said that it is anticipated as a result of this, that there will be an exchange of letters between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon," AlRafie said.

Minister Judeh, she said, voiced hope that this exchange of letters will lead to launching direct negotiations between the two parties on all final status issues, something that is an essential component of Jordan's higher national interests.

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Date:Apr 5, 2012
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