King Abdullah holds talks with Palestinian president


Published: 2017-12-07 17:37

Last Updated: 2017-12-07 18:54

King Abdullah meets with President Abbas. (Petra)
King Abdullah meets with President Abbas. (Petra)
Roya News Source

Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks on Thursday with Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, in which he expressed Jordan's full support to the Palestinians in preserving their historical and legal status in Jerusalem.

The meeting at the Basman Palace in Jordan’s capital, Amman, comes the day after Trump announced the US was formally recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would begin the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to the city.

According to Petra news, King Abdullah affirmed that the decision is a violation of the international law and international legitimacy resolutions, adding that Jordan will support efforts to establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The King and Abbas stressed the importance of coordinating the Arab stance and unify joint efforts to minimise the repercussions of the US decision and ensure security and stability of the region.

King Abdullah went on to urge the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and take a firm stance to achieve peace and solve the Palestinian issue.

"The issue of Jerusalem should be settled within a comprehensive solution that leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital living in peace and security alongside Israel," he said.

The King and the Palestinian president also stated that any measure to tamper with the historical and legal status of Jerusalem is null and void and will only lead to more tension and violence in the region and the world.

The two leaders also highlighted the centrality of the Palestinian issue, noting that the decision taken by the US administration will have dangerous repercussions and provoke the feelings of Muslims and Christians in the Arab and Islamic worlds.

His Majesty said that during his contacts with a number of leaders, he stressed the importance of supporting president Abbas and the Palestinian National Authority to counter any Israeli attempts to change the status quo in the holy city and enable the Palestinians to establish an independent state on the basis of the two-state solution, the Arab Peace Initiative and international legitimacy resolutions.

The Palestinian president voiced appreciation of Jordan’s efforts to support the Palestinians and defend their legitimate rights to establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, especially at this critical stage.

King Abdullah’s Hashemite dynasty is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, making Amman sensitive to any changes in the statusquo of the city, whose eastern sector was captured by Israel from Jordan in a 1967 war.