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Jordan King confirms steadfast position on Jerusalem

King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan speaks during a press conference on April 5, 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]
King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan speaks during a press conference on 5 April 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]

Jordanian King Abdullah II has reaffirmed the country’s position regarding the occupied city of Jerusalem saying “Jerusalem is a red line” for him and that the Jordanian people fully stand with him on this issue.

King Abdullah said during a meeting with dignitaries from the Jordanian province of Zarqa: “I am not going to change my position regarding Jerusalem, the Jordanians’ position regarding Jerusalem is clear and we in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have a historic duty towards Jerusalem and the holy sites there. Jerusalem is a red line, and my people stand with me,” he said.

Pressure is being exercised on him personally to change the kingdom’s position regarding the occupied city, he said, stressing that “no one can pressure Jordan on this subject, and the answer will be (No), because all Jordanians stand with me in one row and the Arabs and Muslims will stand with us on the subject of Jerusalem.”

Earlier this month, King Abdullah warned US officials of the consequences of the Israeli escalations in occupied Jerusalem following the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish extremists.

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A statement issued by the Royal Court said King Abdullah stressed during his visit to the United States that “there is no alternative to the two-state solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict”.

King Abdullah II has previously said that pressure was being exerted on the kingdom to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places and the king are the main custodians of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Islamic endowments in Jerusalem.

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