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Egypt, Jordan, UAE Call for Restoring Calm in Jerusalem

Egypt, Jordan, UAE Call for Restoring Calm in Jerusalem

Monday, 25 April, 2022 - 06:15
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (AFP)

Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE have stressed the importance of respecting the legal and historical status quo at al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, calling for sustained efforts to restore calm.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received at the Federal Palace King of Jordan Abdullah II and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss recent developments.

The presidential spokesman, Bassam Rady, said Sisi hosted an Iftar for the leaders, during which they exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the blessed Eid al-Fitr.

Sisi expressed appreciation for the close and historical relations that bring the three countries together, stressing Egypt's aspiration to enhance cooperation among them.

He also urged moving towards broader horizons of a strategic partnership that establishes "extended relations, achieves common interests, and boosts joint Arab action."

The Egyptian President highlighted the significance of cooperation and partnership in light of the challenges facing the region and the economic and social crises resulting from regional and international developments.

According to the statement, King Abdullah II and Sheikh Mohamed voiced their countries' keenness to bolster cooperation with Egypt for the benefit of the three states.

Both leaders also urged maximizing the benefits of collaborative opportunities between the three countries, saying "these ties represent a cornerstone for maintaining regional security and stability and restoring balance to the region."

Rady added that the meeting addressed cooperation between Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE, and the leaders agreed to continue coordination and consultation on all issues of mutual interest.

The meeting dealt with strengthening joint Arab action and mutual coordination in light of the challenges and crises besetting the Arab region and threatening its security and stability.

The talks reviewed the latest developments of the peace process in the Middle East, and the coordination between the three countries in this context, in light of the escalations in Jerusalem, stressing the importance of sustaining efforts to restore calm.

The statement added that the Arab leaders called for respecting the role of the historical Hashemite custodianship in protecting the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

They also underscored the importance of stopping all Israeli measures that undermine the two-state solution and the need to find a political horizon for resuming "serious and effective" negotiations to resolve Israeli-Palestinian tensions under international law.

The Arab leaders exchanged views on several international issues, particularly the latest development in the Russian-Ukrainian war and the Arab world's role in resolving the conflict through the recently formed Arab League's Liaison Committee.

The meeting stressed the importance of prioritizing dialogue and diplomatic solutions and endeavors that would accelerate the political settlement of the conflict in a manner that preserves international security and stability.

It reaffirmed the need to prevent any escalation and deterioration to avoid the aggravation of the humanitarian and economic situation and thereby its regional and international impact.

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