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Jordan king vows more efforts to defend Palestinian cause

30 January 2018

The Palestinian leadership, with support from Jordan and other countries, has launched a drive to secure global recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of the envisioned Palestinian state, in the aftermath of a U.S. decision to recognise the city as the capital of Israel.

King Abdullah II met Monday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is pushing back against last month's USA recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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According to Jordan's official PETRA news agency, al-Tarawneh made the assertion during a meeting held in Amman with Spanish Ambassador to Jordan Aranzazu Banon Davalos. Speaking at a meeting of the African Union in Ethiopia, the Palestinian leader reportedly declared that, "pursuing peace efforts requires the establishment of a multilateral mechanism under the umbrella of the United Nations, and we call for the African Union and its member states to have representatives". US President Donald Trump's comment last week that Jerusalem is now "off the table" further infuriated the Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their state.

The International community considers Israel's administrative control over East Jerusalem al-Quds as occupation since the regime invaded the area during the 1967 Arab War and then annexed it.

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"I think our views on Palestine and Jerusalem are well known to you", King Abdullah told the German president. While African countries have long supported the Palestinians in global institutions, including the UN, Israel continues to make major diplomatic inroads in the continent.

Abdullah has stopped short of siding with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who said after Trump's dramatic policy shift on Jerusalem that Washington can no longer serve as the sole mediator between Israelis and Palestinians.

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In an interview with Jordan's Al-Ghad daily published Sunday, Steinmeier said there are "very good reasons to question the theory that unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would contribute to the consolidation of peace in the Middle East".

Jordan king vows more efforts to defend Palestinian cause