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Jordan king tells Clinton ready to work with US for peace

world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 01:09 IST

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Jordan's King Abdullah II said on Thursday he is ready to work with the new US administration to launch "serious and effective" peace talks in the Middle East, according to the palace.

"I am looking forward to working with the US administration to launch serious and effective negotiations as soon as possible," a palace statement quoted the king as telling US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton over the telephone.

"A two-state solution (to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict) is the only way to achieve security and stability in the region."

The statement said Clinton called the king, a key US ally in the region, "to discuss efforts to help end the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis," who signed a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994.

A day after his inauguration on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli and Arab leaders, including the king, who urged Washington to act quickly to push for peace.

In another phone call by Clinton on Thursday, she promised Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that she would work towards a "durable peace" in the Middle East.