Published: 2017-12-19 16:45
Last Updated: 2017-12-19 16:50
Jordan’s King Abdullah II met with Pope Francis on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments related to Jerusalem, following Trump's announcement earlier this month to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and recognizing the city as the capital of Israel.
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, His Majesty's Chief Advisor for Cultural and Religious Affairs, also attended the meeting which focused on the outcomes of the US decision and the anger it caused Christians and Muslims around the world.
His Majesty stressed the importance of respecting the legal and historical situation in Jerusalem and not to infringe upon the city's Holy Sites.
The King mentioned the vital role (that) Jordan plays in protecting Christian and Muslim Holy Sites in the city.
King Abdullah also stressed the need to increase the efforts to protect Palestinians, Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem, the city that is considered the key to peace and stability in the region.
His Royal Highness explained that the US decision is considered as a violation of international law, and should be settled by applying comprehensive solutions.
These solutions would help in achieving the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, while living in peace alongside Israel.
Pope Francis also expressed his concern about the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as the city is very dear to Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
Pope Francis pointed out The Majesty's pivotal role in protecting the Holy Sites of Jerusalem, praising Jordan's commitment to achieve peace and stability in the region.
King Abdullah will next head to Paris, France, to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron to further discuss the latest developments concerning Jerusalem and the rest of the region.