Abbas calls Jordan talks with Israel 'important'

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The Palestinian president says talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Jordan provide an "important opportunity" for reviving full peace negotiations.

Mahmoud Abbas said hopes for success are "weak." Even so, "we must take this chance," Abbas told reporters after meeting Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday.

Chief negotiators from the two sides sat down in Jordan's capital, Amman, last week. It was the first such session in more than a year. Talks have been stalled, mostly over the issue of construction in Israeli settlements.

Abbas briefed the king, who is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Jan. 14.

Abdullah said that meeting would focus on restarting serious Mideast negotiations.