Abbas meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah to discuss ‘the next step’


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held talks with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on Sunday after the Palestinians' visit to the United Nations last week.

Abbas told reporters after his meeting with King Abdullah they had discussed efforts made to have Palestine be recognized as a state by the U.N. body and addressed the question of what will the next step be.

"There are many steps that must be taken. The communication and organization between us and Jordan must always be at their best level."

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state after Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue "birth certificate."


Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas returned to the West Bank on Sunday after winning upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinians, telling cheering crowds, “Yes, now we have a state.”

“Palestine has accomplished a historic achievement at the U.N.,” Abbas added, three days after the United Nations General Assembly granted the Palestinians non-member state observer status in a 138-9 vote.

“The world said in a loud voice... yes to the state of Palestine, yes to Palestine’s freedom, yes to Palestine’s independence, no to aggression, no to settlements, no to occupation,” Abbas told the ecstatic crowd.

Abbas pledged that after the victory at the United Nations, his “first and most important” task would be working to achieve Palestinian unity and reviving efforts to reconcile rival factions Fatah and Hamas.

“We will study over the course of the coming days the steps necessary to achieve reconciliation,” he said, as the crowd chanted “The people want the end of the division.”

The return was a moment of triumph for Abbas, who last year tried and failed to win the Palestinians full state membership at the United Nations.

The bid stalled in the Security Council, where the veto-wielding United States has vehemently opposed it.

The move gives the Palestinians access to a range of international institutions, including potentially the International Criminal Court, and raises their international profile after years of stalled peace talks with Israel.