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Jordan's king set to visit West Bank
Jordan's King Abdullah II
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Jordan's ruler King Abdullah II will travel to the West Bank to hold talks with Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas.

A senior Palestinian official said on condition of anonymity that the US-sponsored Abdullah would fly to the city of Ramallah in the central West Bank on Monday and arrive there at around 11:30 a.m. local time (0930 GMT), AFP reported.

The official said the Jordanian king and Abbas are scheduled to hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) in Ramallah “on the latest political developments” in the region.

Jordan's official Petra news agency confirmed news of the visit, saying that the trip would be “in the framework of Jordan's efforts to support the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian people.”

The visit would boost efforts in the “creation of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders,” according to Petra.

The trip will be Abdullah's first official visit to the West Bank since Abbas took office in 2005, Palestinian officials said.

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