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Rice Meets with King Abdullah in Jordan, Back in Israel


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to discuss the Middle East peace process.

Their talks in Jerusalem come a day after Rice discussed the situation with Jordan's King Abdullah. Rice told him the United States is committed to a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

King Abdullah used the Sunday talks in Jordan to warn Rice that the cycle of violence will worsen unless work resumes on implementing the internationally backed Road Map peace plan.

Earlier Sunday, Rice met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and pledged Washington would deepen its involvement in the peace process.

Mr. Abbas told her he opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders in areas his administration already controls.

Rice added that millions of dollars in proposed U.S. aid to Mr. Abbas's security services would be phased in over time as part of an effort to professionalize those forces.

The internationally backed Road Map for peace calls for an independent Palestinian state but there has been no progress in implementing its provisions.

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