King holds talks with Palestinian president


Published: 2019-07-24 15:24

Last Updated: 2019-07-24 20:03

King holds talks with Palestinian president
King holds talks with Palestinian president

His Majesty King Abdullah, in talks on Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reaffirmed that Jordan stands with the Palestinians as they seek their legitimate and just rights to establish their independent state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In talks at Al Husseiniya Palace, held within the framework of ongoing coordination and consultation between the two sides, King Abdullah stressed the need to step up international efforts to achieve just and lasting peace, based on the two-state solution as the only means to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

His Majesty underscored the importance of preserving the legal and historical status quo in Jerusalem, stressing Jordan’s commitment to its historic and religious role in safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in the city under the Hashemite Custodianship.

At the meeting, Jordan’s rejection of Israeli settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and the demolition of Palestinian homes was stressed, as well as the need for the international community to stop Israeli actions targeting the Arab identity of Jerusalem.

For his part, President Abbas expressed appreciation for Jordan's steadfast positions on the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem, and for His Majesty's efforts in defending the rights of the Palestinian people at all international forums.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh attended the meeting on the Jordanian side.

Palestine Liberation Organisation Secretary General Saeb Erekat, Fatah central committee member and head of civil affairs Hussein Sheikh, Senior Diplomatic Adviser to the President Majdi Khaldi, and Palestinian Ambassador to Jordan Atallah Kheiri were in attendance on the Palestinian side.