Jordan is making contacts to summon an emergency Arab League Council meeting, Turkey will next week host an Islamic gathering to respond to the decision by the US to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and, subsequently, move its embassy to the city. Trump officially announced the decision later in the day. The King had a day earlier received a phone call from US President Donald Trump informing him of his intention to relocate the embassy. “As we both agree, the Palestinian cause continues to be the region’s central issue. There is no alternative to the two-state solution, and Jerusalem is key to any peace agreement. And it is key to the stability of the entire region,” His Majesty said. He added: “I did re-emphasise to the US president yesterday our concerns on the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Therefore, it is imperative now to work fast to reach a final status solution and a peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis. And this must allow Palestinians to establish their independent state, side by side with Israel and its capital in East Jerusalem. Ignoring the Palestinian, Muslim and Christian rights in Jerusalem will only fuel further extremism, and undermine the war against terrorism,” His Majesty warned. “We in Jordan, as the Custodian of Islamic and Christian holy sites, we will persist in undertaking our religious and historical responsibilities towards Al Aqsa Mosque and Al Haram Al Sharif, and uphold our role in protecting Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem,” the King affirmed,“As [President Erdogan] has mentioned, we are both in full agreement on the need for holding an OIC summit on Jerusalem next week that will bring together Arabs and Muslim leaders.” His Majesty noted that Jordan and Turkey “stand shoulder to shoulder to face the challenges that lie ahead”. In his remarks to the press, Erdogan said that Turkey and Jordan share the same sentiments and are determined to safeguard the sanctity and status quo of the city, praising the Kingdom’s role as a the custodian holy sites in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the most important city for Muslims across the world, the president stressed, stressing that any attempt or intention that ignores this fact would fail.

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