Israel and Jordan aim to thaw relations with secret meeting – Axios

Posted By on December 4, 2020

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met secretly on Thursday with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi. The meeting took place on the Jordanian side of the Alenbi border crossing between the countries, according to two Israeli sources.

Why it matters: This is time in several years that a meeting between Israeli and Jordanian foreign ministers has been reported.

The big picture: While Israel and Jordan have had a peace treaty in place for more than 25 years, relations between their political leaders have cooled down dramatically over the last several years.

The state of play: Among senior Israeli officials, Ashkenazi was the most forceful opponent of Netanyahus annexation plans. He raised those reservations with top U.S. officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as with European foreign ministers.

What they are saying: Safadi has said the incoming Biden administration has made it clear to Jordan that it will take steps to renew the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He added that President-elect Biden told King Abdullah that he is committed to the issue.

Update: After this story was published, the Jordanian foreign ministry issued a statement confirming the meeting and said Safadi told Ashkenazi that Israel must stop all measures that are undermining the peace process and two-state solution.

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