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Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem Will Harm Peace Efforts: King of Jordan

The King reaffirmed Jordan’s full support for the Palestinians in their efforts to preserve their historical rights in Jerusalem (AFP/File)

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  • King Abdullah warned Trump against moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem
  • He said the decision will harm peace processes
  • Trump is likely on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
  • The Kingdom will call for an emergency Arab League meeting on Saturday

 

King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday received a phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump, who indicated his desire to move the U.S.’ embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

During the phone call, King Abdullah warned of preempting a comprehensive solution that leads to the establishment of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

His Majesty emphasized that Jerusalem is key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world.

The King affirmed that the decision will have serious implications that will undermine efforts to resume the peace process and will provoke Muslims and Christians alike.

He also spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the phone.

In the phone call, the King reaffirmed Jordan’s full support for the Palestinians in their efforts to preserve their historical rights in Jerusalem.

The King called for working jointly to deal with the ramifications of this decision and to counter any action that undermines the Palestinian people’s aspirations for their own independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

President Trump had already on Tuesday told Abbas that he intends to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Palestinian spokesman said, amid a growing outcry across the Middle East against any unilateral U.S. decision on the ancient city.

Senior U.S. officials have said Trump is likely on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital while delaying relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv for another six months, though he is expected to order his aides to begin planning such a move immediately. The officials said, however, that no final decisions have been made.

U.S. endorsement of Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital would break with decades of U.S. policy that the city’s status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. The international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Tuesday continued contacts with counterparts and a number of officials to discuss the expected U.S. decision.

 

 

Safadi made phone calls with his counterparts of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, Algeria, Abdul Qader Musahel and Morocco, Nasser Bourita.

He also contacted Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Saeb Erekat to draft an action plan to deal with repercussions of the prospective decision, which, he said, would increase tension in the region and undermine peace efforts.

During the conversations, Safadi stressed that the fate of Jerusalem must be decided in line with international conventions based on the outcome of the final status negotiations.

He said that all unilateral Israeli measures are groundless, according to Petra.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom will call for emergency meetings to be held at the Arab League on Saturday and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Sunday.

Jordan’s Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the Arab League Ali Ayed said the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — if taken — would have disastrous repercussions not only on Palestine but also at the level of Arab and Islamic worlds.

in his remarks during an extraordinary Arab League Council meeting at the level of permanent representatives called for by Palestine, Ayed noted that such a decision would have major ramifications on the peace process as a whole, and would adversely affect all efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on international legitimacy resolutions, including those related to Jerusalem.

Also on Tuesday, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh called for an emergency meeting to be held on Wednesday noon to discuss Trump’s intention to move the embassy to Jerusalem, according to Petra.

In a statement carried by Petra, Tarawneh said that he will address the parliaments of Arab, Islamic and other states to urge them to stand against the decision.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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