Jordan reiterates rejection of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Amman, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and his Saudi counterpart Adel Al Jubeir said on Saturday that Jordan and Saudi Arabia are keen to cement their strategic and brotherly ties in all fields in the service of their common interests and Arab and Islamic issues.
The two ministers discussed ways to expand bilateral cooperation and increase coordination to further enhance the distinguished relations between the two Kingdoms to their highest levels in line with the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II and Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.
In addition to bilateral ties, the ministers also discussed regional developments, particularly ways to address the crises in Syria, Yemen and Libya, the war on terrorism and the Iranian interference in the region’s affairs.
They agreed to continue coordination and consultation to address regional crises on the basis of achieving security and stability and protect the common Arab interests.
The two ministers met after a meeting of an Arab ministerial team tasked with following up on the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
They said in remarks that the Arab ministers fully agreed to work together to counter the US decision and its repercussions and support the Palestinian “brethren” to achieve their legitimate rights, including the right to freedom and to set up their independent state on June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
“Our Arab ministerial meeting today in Amman came to discuss the mechanism for action and joint coordination to counter the decision recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and back the Palestinians to establish their state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital”, Safadi said.
The Saudi foreign minister said Riyadh’s position toward Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine is firm and had not changed, adding that the ministerial meeting came up with some proposals to counter the US decision and support the Palestinian, Arab and Islamic stand on Jerusalem and the Arab-Israeli dispute.
The six-member Arab committee on Jerusalem, comprising the foreign ministers of Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, earlier held its first meeting in Amman, which was attended by Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Aboul Gheit.
The committee was formed after US President Donald Trump announced in early December Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered moving the US embassy to the city, a decision that sparked anger across the Arab and Muslim world and also irritated Washington’s Western allies, who maintained that Jerusalem’s future should be decided thorough negotiations.
An Arab-sponsored resolution denouncing Trump’s move at the United Nations Security Council was met with the US veto, but it was later overwhelmingly adopted in a vote at the UN General Assembly.
Source: Jordan News Agency