Abbas, Abdullah sign pact on protection of Jerusalem holy sites
In a symbolic move, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas committed to a special Jordanian role in caring for holy shrines in Jerusalem; Jordan's 1994 peace treaty with Israel already recognizes this role.
A statement from Jordan's royal palace on Sunday said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has committed to a special Jordanian role in caring for holy shrines in Jerusalem.
The move is symbolic. Jordan's 1994 peace treaty with Israel recognizes Jordan's role as custodian of Christian and Muslim shrines in the city, which Israel captured from the kingdom in the 1967 Six Day War. The Palestinians want the eastern portion of the city as the capital of their future state.
The statement said the agreement signed Sunday between Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II confirms a verbal deal brokered in 1924.
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