Published: 2019-03-29 11:27
Last Updated: 2019-03-29 11:42
His Majesty King Abdullah and King Mohammed VI of Morocco affirmed on Thursday that defending Jerusalem and its holy sites against attempts to change the historical, legal, and political status quo or alter their religious and cultural Islamic and Christian identity is a top priority for Jordan and Morocco.
During talks in Casablanca ahead of the Arab Summit in Tunisia, the two leaders stressed their full support for the Palestinian people in restoring their legitimate rights and enabling them to establish an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on international law, relevant UN resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the two-state solution.
King Abdullah and King Mohammed VI reiterated their rejection of all unilateral measures and steps by Israel, the occupying power, to change the legal and historical status quo, the demographics, and the spiritual and historical identity of East Jerusalem, especially at Islamic and Christian holy sites in the city.
His Majesty and King Mohammed VI affirmed the importance of the historical Hashemite Custodianship undertaken by King Abdullah over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, noting its key role in safeguarding these sites and their Arab, Islamic, and Christian identity, especially Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif.
The two leaders also noted the role of the Jordanian Jerusalem Awqaf Department as the sole legal authority administering, maintaining, and regulating entry into Al Haram Al Sharif.
King Abdullah commended the ongoing efforts by King Mohammed VI, chairman of Al Quds Committee, in solidarity with Jerusalem, praising the initiatives implemented by Bayt Mal Al Qods Asharif Agency, under the Moroccan monarch’s supervision, to support the steadfastness of Jerusalemites.
On bilateral ties, the two leaders agreed to take cooperation between Jordan and Morocco to the level of a strategic partnership, while maintaining coordination.
The two leaders also agreed to establish projects in renewable energy, agriculture, and tourism, as well as exchange expertise between Jordan and Morocco in tourism, food industries, construction, public works, and water resource management.
A joint communique was released following the talks.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Adviser to His Majesty and Director of the Office of His Majesty Manar Dabbas, and Special Adviser to His Majesty Ali Fazza accompanied King Abdullah on the visit.