Published: 2017-12-10 16:34
Last Updated: 2017-12-10 16:44
Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday received a telephone call from Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, during which they discussed developments related to Jerusalem following U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Israel as the capital of Israel, with plans to move the US embassy to the city.
King Abdullah stressed the importance of supporting the Palestinians in their quest to establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to Petra News.
He also highlighted the need to intensify Arab, Islamic and international efforts to protect the rights of Palestinians, Muslims and Christians in Jerusalem, which is key to achieving peace and stability in the region.
Egypt's President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has yet to publicly comment on US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a silence that has not gone unnoticed.
However, Egypt’s Coptic Church yesterday rejected a meeting requested by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his visit later this month in protest against Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Meanwhile in Jordan, protests have been taking place outside the U.S. embassy in Amman’s Abdoun, and across Jordanian cities, following Trump’s Wednesday announcement.
A number of Jordanian officials, political figure and parties and members of workers unions also took part in the mass rallies, with similar protests held in other governorates, including Karak, Madaba, Irbid, Ma'an and Zarqa.