Israeli PM meets Jordan king, insists on border security

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace shows King Abdullah II (left) walking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Amman, on January 16, 2014Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid down demands for security arrangements between a future Palestinian state and Jordan, in a rare visit Thursday to Amman. Netanyahu was in Jordan for unannounced talks with King Abdullah II on the US-brokered Middle East peace process. The visit follows US Secretary of State John Kerry's 10th trip to the region, as Washington tries to push Israel and the Palestinians towards an elusive peace deal after decades of conflict and months of deadlocked negotiations. Palestinian leaders meanwhile accused Israel of imposing its own agenda on the talks that Kerry kick-started in July, saying its intense focus on the security issue, and on Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, was sidelining more crucial sticking points.


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