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Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah discuss flashpoint Al-Asqa Mosque

Aug. 30, 2015 10:12 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2015 3:26 P.M.)
AMMAN (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas met on Sunday with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman to discuss recent tensions at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as regional issues.

Abbas briefed Abdullah on his latest meetings with international and regional leaders that allegedly aimed to revive the peace process.

The Palestinian president told Abdullah about the current situation in Jerusalem, and the Jordanian role in protecting the city and its holy sites was discussed between the two.

Earlier Sunday the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment said that Israel is imposing severe restrictions on Palestinian entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a bid to initiate a daily schedule for Jewish prayer at the holy site.

The statement came amid reportedly increasing restrictions on Palestinian access to the holy site, while Jewish extremist groups tour the compound under the armed protection of Israeli forces.

Jordan has custodianship over the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem -- which is holy to both Jews and Muslims -- and other Muslim holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

The custodianship is enshrined in the peace treaty that the Hashemite Kingdom signed with Israel in 1994.

Amman is also seen as a key player in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and King Abdullah II has repeatedly called on Israel to end "its unilateral action and repeated attacks" against Jerusalem's holy sites.

King Abdullah told Abbas Sunday that Jordan would continue its efforts and coordinate with regional sides to help overcome the hurdles currently blocking the peace process.

Abdullah rejected Israeli policies in Jerusalem, adding that Jordan will maintain its role in protecting holy sites and preserving the city's identity.

Jordanian leadership has criticized Israeli violations several times in the past, often referring to violations at the Al-Aqsa compound as a "red line."

Outlier / USA
Pockets full, Abbas will be leaving the PA political stage soon. Despite his protector status, King Abdullah has bigger problems than al-Aqsa now. Expect nothing from this meeting.
30/08/2015 23:27
Legal Eagle / Australia
King Abdullah will be following Abbas, exit stage left
31/08/2015 20:37
Outlier / USA
Legal, I do not think so. Smart and strategically adept, King Abdullah has proven himself to be a survivor in the Middle East, unlike many of his former counterparts.
31/08/2015 23:15
inbound39 / New Zealand
The day that Israel seizes total control of Al Aqsa and knocks down the first brick of the temple will be the beginning of Israel's end.
31/08/2015 23:51
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