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OIC chief confers with Jordanian premier on Palestinian situation


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Wednesday December 20, 2006

Amman- The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, conferred Wednesday with Jordan's Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit on the outcome of OIC mediation between the rival Palestinian Hamas and Fatah groups. "Ihsanoglu briefed Bakhit on the results of his meetings with President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniya that succeeded in halting fighting and bloodshed in the Palestinian areas," an official statement said.

Talks brokered by the OIC chief and an Egyptian delegation on Tuesday produced a truce agreement between the two factions for ending bloody clashes between the sides.

The OIC chief welcomed King Abdullah II of Jordan's offer to host a meeting between Abbas and Haniya in Amman, made Tuesday during a telephone conversation with the Palestinian president.

Both Abbas and Haniya have responded positively to the Jordanian invitation, but any meeting is not expected take place before Sunday, when King Abdullah returns from a visit to Japan.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency