AMMAN - US President Barack Obama is expected to announce by the end of July a plan to achieve peace in the Middle East, the government said on Wednesday.
"Based on our contacts and discussions with US officials, we believe that the plan is still in the making," Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh told The Jordan Times yesterday, adding that all signs coming from the US administration indicate that the peace plan is expected to be declared within the coming few weeks. Judeh reiterated the Kingdom's position on the peace process, which “His Majesty King Abdullah has made clear on many occasions”. The top diplomat reasserted that the only solution is the two-state formula which leads to a viable Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, as well as finding a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem.
Last Friday, US Mideast envoy George Mitchell said that the US hoped Israelis and Palestinians would soon begin "meaningful and productive" peace negotiations, according to Reuters.
"We believe we are making progress in these efforts and we hope very much to conclude this phase of the discussions and to be able to move into meaningful and productive negotiations in the near future," Mitchell told a news conference following a meeting in Italy of the Middle East Quartet which comprises the UN, EU, US and Russia.
President Obama, in an address to the Muslim and Arab worlds last month, vowed that the Middle East peace process would be resumed and that a Palestinian state would be established.
Also last month, King Abdullah said during a meeting with Mitchell that Obama's stance on the Middle East has created a positive atmosphere that paves the way for a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The Monarch added that it is important that all stakeholders play a positive role to help realise peace and stability in the region.
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