Jordan's King Abdullah visited the West Bank for the first time in more than a decade to demonstrate support for the Palestinians' statehood bid in the United Nations.

Abdullah in a meeting Monday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah urged the Palestinian leader to resume direct peace negotiations with Israel, Reuters reported.

Abdullah last visited the West Bank in 2000 to meet with Yasser Arafat, Abbas' late predecessor.

"The visit comes in the context of Jordan's support for the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people to achieve Palestinian national rights and an independent state," a Jordanian palace official told Reuters Sunday.