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Jordan MP: Framework deal excludes foreign ID holders

Feb. 12, 2014 12:53 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2014 11:11 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Jordanian politician says a proposed framework agreement between Palestine and Israel has a "secret term" that people who live outside the Palestinian territories are ineligible for the right to return.

Mohammad al-Qatatsha told Ma’an on Tuesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework agreement has public and secret terms, among them one about refugees who hold foreign nationalities.

Kerry met with Jordan's King Abdullah on Monday and discussed the peace process, and he recently informed Jordan about details of the negotiations, the lawmaker said.

Abdullah is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama on Feb. 15, and he will discuss the negotiations and the possibility of international forces being stationed in the Jordan valley, al-Qatatsha said.

The lawmaker added that the Jordanian leadership rejected the isolation of Palestinians from their future state through the use of Jordanian and international forces on the border.

He highlighted that the Jordanian parliament would support the rights of Palestinians, but will not push any initiatives because they are part of the negotiations on the side of Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Washington on March 2 where he is to discuss the peace process with Obama, his office said Monday.

The visit will take place as Kerry seeks to forge a framework agreement which will keep Israeli and Palestinian negotiators at the table beyond a looming April deadline, despite little outward sign of any progress to date.

"The prime minister will be going to the United States on March 2 for the annual meeting of AIPAC in Washington," an official in Netanyahu's office told AFP, referring to a powerful pro-Israel lobby group.

"He is also expected to meet President Obama, and after that he will fly to Los Angeles for meetings," he said.

"PM Netanyahu will meet with President Obama next month. Will discuss ways to prevent Iran from producing nukes as well as ways to advance peace with the PA (Palestinian Authority)," his spokesman Ofir Gendelman wrote on Twitter.

Israel and the Palestinians embarked on a nine-month track of direct peace talks in July 2013, with Kerry investing huge efforts to keep them on track, despite multiple setbacks and little visible sign of progress.

With the April 29 deadline on the horizon, Kerry is trying to hammer out a framework agreement to guide the talks forward.

Quoting a senior Israeli official, Haaretz newspaper said Netanyahu and Obama would meet at the White House on March 3 for talks on the framework agreement which is supposed to permit the negotiations to continue to the end of 2014.
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