Jordan's Abdullah Talks Palestinians, Jerusalem With Israeli Lawmaker Abbas

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Jordan's King Abdullah and United Arab List chairman Mansour Abbas in Amman, on Tuesday.
Jordan's King Abdullah and United Arab List chairman Mansour Abbas in Amman, on Tuesday.Credit: Jordan News Agency

Jordan’s King Abdullah met with Israel’s United Arab List party head Mansour Abbas at the royal palace in Amman on Tuesday, Jordan's state media said.

They discussed a number of issues, the report said, including the situation in the Palestinian Territories and the means of advancing an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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The king reiterated his support for the Palestinians and their legitimate rights and emphasized the need to work towards a two-state solution according to the 1967 borders and establishing a Palestinian state, whose capital would be East Jerusalem.

The meeting was also attended by Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Chief of Staff Jafar Hassan. The Jordanian statement emphasized that the king pledged to continue defending Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, and noted the Jordanian royal family’s custody of Islam’s holy places there.

Abbas’s office confirmed that he met with the Jordanian leader in Amman, but provided no additional details.

Lawmaker Mansour Abbas in the Knesset, last month.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Abbas, a member of Israel’s governing coalition, expressed appreciation for the king’s stances and effort to keep the status quo in Jerusalem, the report said. He also valued Abdullah’s support for Palestinians as well as Arab citizens of Israel regarding higher education and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The meeting was coordinated with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office, Israeli officials said.

Since the inauguration of Israel’s new government in June, Bennett has prioritized mending fences with neighboring Jordan. In September, Israeli President Isaac Herzog met Abdullah in the Jordanian capital less than two months after Bennett met Abdullah in secret.

The two countries signed a peace accord in 1994 and share close security ties, but recent years saw relations sour over Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and frictions at the contested Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

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