Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

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Jun. 18, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met after months of strained relations.

They held talks Monday in Jordan, with a focus on contested Jerusalem. The meeting came ahead of a visit to the region this week by Trump administration envoys trying to promote a plan for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

The administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has angered the Palestinians and Jordan. The Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a capital. Jordan serves as custodian of major Muslim and Christian holy sites in the city.

Netanyahu’s office says he told Abdullah that he’s committed to the status quo of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Israel-Jordan ties had been strained for months over the killing of two Jordanians by an Israeli embassy guard.

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