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Jordan king shows support of Palestine

Following last week's U.N. vote recognizing the state of Palestine, King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. Jordan has a peace agreement with Israel, giving the visit additional importance.  


King Abdullah II of Jordan, left, gestures during a welcoming ceremony with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Thursday. Jordan’s King Abdullah II began a brief visit to the West Bank in support of Palestine's successful bid for U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine.

AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed

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Jordan's King Abdullah II paid a rare visit to the West Bank on Thursday in a show of support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' successful bid for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state.

Abbas and the king are political allies, and last met Sunday in Jordan, during one of the Palestinian leader's frequent stops in the neighboring kingdom. But Thursday's visit was just the third time the king has visited the West Bank, and the first time in more than a year.

The king received a red carpet welcome with military honors at Abbas' government compound in the West Bank after landing in a helicopter Thursday morning.

Last week, the U.N. General Assembly recognized a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem — lands Israel occupied in 1967 — as a non-member observer.


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