AMMAN, Jordan -- Arab League diplomats said in a statement on Wednesday that ideas proposed by Secretary of State John Kerry were a "good basis" for resuming peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, an endorsement that gave a significant boost to Mr. Kerry's diplomatic efforts here.
Their statement came as Mr. Kerry met for the second time in two days with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, and gave a separate presentation to Arab League diplomats in Amman on his Middle East peace efforts and on the topics of Syria and Egypt.
The statement by the Arab League diplomats represented the first clear sign of progress toward resuming formal negotiations during Mr. Kerry's six trips to the region.
In their statement, the diplomats from the Arab League said the ideas that Mr. Kerry had proposed were a "suitable environment for restarting the negotiations, especially the new and important political, economic and security elements," according to a translation from the Arabic.
At a joint news conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Mr. Kerry declined to give details of his ideas. He asserted that the gaps between the two sides' positions had been narrowed significantly but acknowledged that differences remained.
Mr. Kerry did identify two elements of his proposal: new investment projects to generate jobs for the Palestinians and an effort by Gen. John R. Allen, the former American commander in Afghanistan, to define Israel's security requirements if a two-state solution is achieved.
Flanked by his aides on the Middle East, Mr. Kerry also met on Wednesday with King Abdullah II of Jordan. Mr. Kerry's dinner with Mr. Abbas on Tuesday night lasted for five hours.
Michael R. Gordon reported from Amman, and Jodi Rudoren from Jerusalem.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.