On July 8, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a bilateral meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in the Treaty Room at the State Department. Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Judeh discussed a range of issues, including combating violent extremism and a shared commitment to achieving peace in the Middle East based on the two-state solution.
Secretary Clinton said, "The foreign minister and I discussed the ongoing talks and we both believe that moving to direct talks as soon as possible is in the interest of Israelis, Palestinians, the region and the world."
She continued, "We believe that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome that ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent, viable, and contiguous state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements. So we continue to encourage the parties to move toward negotiations to reach an agreement on the permanent status issues."
Read the Secretary's full remarks here.