Meeting centered on US efforts for peace talks; Jordan, PA to form “crisis committee” on issues relating to Temple Mount
King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Monday in Ramallah.
Their meeting centered on the Trump Administration’s efforts to resume peace negotiations between Israel and the PA, as well as tensions at the Temple Mount which began three weeks ago.
According to Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Reyad Al-Maliki, the leaders agreed to form a crisis committee to address the tensions as the Temple Mount, Maliki stating that both leaders“discussed all issues of mutual interest and we agreed to form a crisis committee that will continue contacts to evaluate what has happened, the lessons to be learned and the challenges we may face at Al Aqsa mosque.”
King Abdullah reportedly emphasized Jordan’s interest in a two-state solution, claiming Israeli settlements are intentional to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state. Maliki stated that the king call for an “end [to] provocative settlement activity that is designed to prevent the establishment of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state,” emphasizing a need for “intensifying efforts to create real political prospects for progress toward resolving the conflict.”
It was the king’s first visit to the region since December of 2012.