July 8, 2011 - 12:00am

AMMAN, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Jordan on Thursday underlined the need for serious efforts to rescue the peace process and resume peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis, the state- run Petra news agency reported.

The peace talks should lead to the creation of an independent, viable and geographically connected Palestinian state at the borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said at a meeting with Iceland's Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson Thursday.

The two sides also stressed on the significance of a meeting to be held by the Quartet next week, especially that it comes at a time the peace process is going through a critical stage.

In the meantime, the Iceland foreign minister stressed his country's support for peacemaking efforts.

He said that Iceland supports the right of Palestinians to gain recognition, especially in light of current developments, calling for lifting the siege imposed on Gaza Strip.


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