Abdullah II calls for a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause

The king of Jordan Abdullah II received Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday and discussed with him “the need to find a political horizon to achieve pace”between Palestinians and Israelis, according to a statement released by the Jordanian royal court.

The statement, of which the AFP has received a copy, states that King Abdullah stressed, during his meeting with the Israeli prime minister at the Al Husseiniya building in Amman, “the need to find a political horizon to achieve a pace just, comprehensive and lasting based on the two-state solution, and to strengthen security and stability and regional development that must be achieved. “The Palestinians will be part of it.” Political negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides broke down in 2014 after the Palestinian side insisted on halting Israeli settlements as a condition for their resumption. The king stressed “the importance of building on US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region”.

The king stressed “the need to maintain global calm in the next period and to respect the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy places”. Israel, which has signed a treaty of pace with Jordan in 1994, it recognizes the supervision and protection of the Kingdom over Islamic holy places in Jerusalem, which, like other cities in the West Bank, were under Jordanian sovereignty before being occupied by the Jewish state in 1967. and the Israeli prime minister also addressed “issues of transport, trade, water and energy, and how to deal with them”.

On Sunday, Jordanian King Abdullah II met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman and discussed with him the upcoming Israeli elections and their impact on the chances of resuming negotiations of pace between Palestinians and Israelis. On March 29, the Jordanian monarch met with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Amman and discussed “total calm” in Jerusalem. This was the second visit by the Israeli defense minister to Amman since the beginning of the year, following a January 5 visit, during which he discussed “general calm in the Palestinian territories”, according to the royal court. On 10 March, the Jordanian monarch met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.