ASIA/JORDAN - King Abdallah II confirms: the defense of Christian and Muslim Holy Sites of Jerusalem is a "priority" for the Hashimite Monarchy

Monday, 19 June 2017 holy places   geopolitics   middle east  

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Amman (Agenzia Fides) - The protection of Jerusalem's holy Muslim and Christian sites is a "priority" for the Hashimite Monarchy, committed to supporting the birth of an independent Palestinian state that has Gerusalem East as the capital. This is what King Abdallah II of Jordan said to a delegation of religious, Christian and Muslim representatives from Jerusalem on Sunday, June 18, in Amman. The Jordanian Monarch remarked that the commitment in favor of Christian and Muslim communities is primarily in the protection of the status quo with respect to all unilateral measures aimed at modifying the traditional management of the Holy Places of Jerusalem and the codified measures that guarantee the access by faithful from various religious communities. King Abdallah also reaffirmed that only the birth of an independent Palestinian state in accordance with internationally defined and confirmed guidelines will really ensure the overcoming of the conflicts that torment the area.
The Jordanian leader also expressed confidence in the commitment of US President Donald Trump to work for peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
The gerosolomite delegation received by King Abdallah included, among others, Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab, head of the Jerusalem Peace Council (Awqaf), and Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for the Holy City and Palestine. Members of the delegation also thanked King Abdallah for his personal funding for the restoration project of the Sanctuary of the Holy Sepulcher. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 19/6/2017)