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March 4, 2013 2:45 pm

Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah Meet in Amman

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King Abdullah II of Jordan. Photo: World Economic Forum.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II last week in Amman to discuss the peace process, according to a report in Agence France-Presse.

AFP said the meeting was likely related to President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to the Middle East.

A senior official in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s office told Israel Hayom that efforts have intensified recently to renew negotiations involving both the U.S. and Jordan.

New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that Obama was not coming to the Middle East with a newly formulated peace plan, but he emphasized that Obama “plans to listen to both parties.”

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Israeli Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon told Army Radio on Sunday that Israel and Jordan share mutual strategic interests.

“There is no doubt that Israel and Jordan have strategic ties based on mutual interest—among them Syria, and other far away threats, as well as the Palestinian issue,” he said.

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