A Jordanian government minister said on Monday that King Hussein, dismayed by Israel's handling of peace talks with the Palestinians, had severed contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"They are not only a non-talking basis, but the King right now is not happy," Jordan's Foreign Minister Jawad al-Anani told Israel Radio's English service in an interview on Jordanian Independence Day.Anani said the king has been especially frustrated with Net-an-ya-hu since their two-hour meeting in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat in southern Israel last month.

Instead of telling the king the "good news" that Israel was ready to accept the American proposal to hand over another 13 percent of the West Bank to Palestinian rule, "we were asked to accept and understand the Israeli position," Anani said.

"That would not (have needed) a meeting. A small letter would have sufficed," he said.

Relations between Israel and Jordan were strained last September over a botched bid by Israeli Mossad secret service agents in Amman to kill a leading member of the Palestinian Islamic militant movement Hamas, Khaled Meshal.