Jerusalem: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has sought "goodwill gestures" from Israel and change of mind from the Palestinians to revive the stalled peace talks between them.
The UN secretary general will hold a series of meetings with top Israeli leadership here on Wednesday, starting with President Shimon Peres in an attempt to persuade them to continue direct exploratory talks which began in Amman last month, and whose future is currently in doubt.
Ban is also scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman later on Wednesday before moving on to Ramallah to hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.
Visiting Amman on Tuesday, the UN chief urged both sides to "persist in their dialogue", which is aimed at setting the stage for full-blown peace talks.
He urged the Israeli government "to make some good gestures so that the meetings can continue" and the Palestinians to "change their mind and resume the Amman discussions".
Abbas is scheduled to consult with the Arab League on Saturday, before making a final decision on whether the Jordan-brokered talks will continue.
Ban has also expressed worry about the possible military aspects of Iran's nuclear programme, laid out in a recent IAEA report, and called on the Islamic Republic to prove that the programme is peaceful.
UN nuclear watchdog IAEA has said it had completed "good" talks in Iran about suspicions that Tehran was seeking atomic weapons but "there is still a lot of work to be done and so we have planned another trip in the very near future."