LAST_UPDATEThu, 21 Jun 2018 12pm

Jordan Urges EU To Recognise East Jerusalem As Capital Of Palestine

AMMAN -- Jordan on Wednesday urged the European Union (EU) to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, which is a prerequisite for attaining peace and stability in the Middle East, Xinhua news agency reported, citing state-run Petra news agency.

The remarks were made by Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi at a meeting with ambassadors of EU countries in Amman, where he called for immediate action to support the forming of an international committee to investigate the massacre of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

'’Continued crimes committed by Israel without any international response will lead to a new cycle of violence that will affect the region, Europe and the entire world, stressing that the stability of the Middle East is essential for international stability.'’

Safadi said the Israeli practices and the lack of a solution to the conflict worsen the situation and increase despair, which results in more violence and extremism and called on the international community to shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities to protect the Palestinians.

He warned of serious consequences of the Israeli unilateral measures that seek to impose a new reality on the ground, undermine peace efforts and alter the Arabic identity of Jerusalem.

'’Jerusalem is the key to peace and realising the legitimate rights of the Palestinians is a must for regional peace and stability. Jordan will exert all its efforts to preserve the holy sites in Jerusalem.'’

Amman condemned the US decision to relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognise the disputed holy city as the capital of Israel.

'’Jordan will work with Arab countries, the EU and all international partners to achieve peace based on the two-state solution in line with the Arab peace initiative and the international legitimacy resolutions.'’