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King of Jordan to meet Biden for peace, Jerusalem violence

Jordan’s King Abdullah is scheduled to meet with US President Joe Biden in Washington on Friday over tensions with Israel over the management of Islamic and Christian shrines in Jerusalem.

Despite Jordan’s occupation of these places under a 1994 peace agreement with a Jewish state, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett recently announced that he had rejected any foreign involvement in the management of the Al-Aqsa Mosque there.

LIST – Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi speaks in Amman, 16 August 2021.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, who is with Abdullah during his visit to the United States, called the meeting with Biden “important for the debate on regional issues”. Talks will also focus on the recent increase in terrorist attacks in Israel, targeting Jerusalem and its holy sites, as well as the West Bank.

The pending meeting between Abdullah and Biden is about six weeks after the king held talks in Amman with Israeli President Isaac Herzog on regional issues. Herzog’s trip to Jordan marked the first official visit of an Israeli head of state there.

LIST - Israel's President Isaac Herzog receives public reception during diplomatic visit to Amman, Jordan, March 30, 2022 (Haim Zach / Government News / via Reuters)

LIST – Israel’s President Isaac Herzog receives public reception during diplomatic visit to Amman, Jordan, March 30, 2022 (Haim Zach / Government News / via Reuters)

Speaking to Sky News Arabia, Safadi stressed Jordan’s position that “any action that violates the status quo in Jerusalem is legally invalid”, and rejected any change in Jordan’s continued custody of Muslim and Christian holy sites. Palestinian journalist and expert Daoud Kuttab in Amman told VOA that all changes were a violation of three teams. The first is the Status Quo Agreement, signed by Ottoman Sultan Osman III in 1757, which governs relations between all religious groups in Jerusalem.

“Violation of the status quo agreement, the 1757 agreement, which has survived Turkey, Britain, Jordan and the first years of occupation,” Kuttab said. “Secondly, it is a breach of understanding [former Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, King Abdullah and [former U.S. Secretary of State] John Kerry in 2014, who said that Al-Aqsa was for Muslims to pray and for everyone else to visit. “This contradicts the Israeli Foreign Minister, who said that Israel respects the status quo in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Foreign Minister Safadi also urged Israel to maintain calm around these sites, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Israeli security forces secure the area of ​​the building that houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the Jews as the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 5, 2022.

Israeli security forces secure the area of ​​the building that houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the Jews as the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 5, 2022.

As the station’s custodian, Jordan is trying to reduce tensions between Israel and the Palestinians and has been heavily involved in efforts to remain calm there. But the area has witnessed repeated violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas and Islamic Jihad also fueled tensions by calling for more attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank during the recent Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which coincided with Easter and Easter this year.

On Monday, King Abdullah met with Christian leaders in New York. Journalist Kuttab pointed out that the king emphasized the importance of Jordan’s sanctuary in Jerusalem.

“They reaffirmed their support for the king’s efforts to protect the holy sites of both Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem and respect for the status quo,” Kuttab said.

On the same day, King Abdullah and Queen Rania received an award from the Road to Peace Foundation in the Vatican’s delegation to the United Nations. It recognizes their role in fostering interfaith dialogue and peace work, and Jordan’s humanitarian efforts to host refugees.

King of Jordan to meet Biden for peace, Jerusalem violence

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