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Jordan King to Meet Macron on Jerusalem

Jordan King to Meet Macron on Jerusalem

Sunday, 17 December, 2017 - 08:00
Jordanian King Abdullah II. (Reuters)

Jordan’s King abdullah II will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron next week to tackle the crisis over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The monarch will meet the French leader after holding talks on Tuesday with Pope Francis, a Royal Court statement said according to Agence France Presse.

Talks in the Vatican will tackle the latest developments linked to Jerusalem.

He will then travel to Paris to meet Macron to address the latest regional developments, added the court statement.

The Jordanian government, which is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem's Old City, had condemned as a violation of international law Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump's decision and his plans to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv effectively ignore Palestinian claims on the city and have led to widespread criticism and protest, particularly in the Arab world.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognized internationally, and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.

The UN has long maintained that the only way to forge peace is to have two states -- Israel and Palestine -- with Jerusalem as the capital of both and the borders returned to their status before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

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