AMMAN - Jordan’s King Abdullah voiced concern on Sunday over a decision by Washington to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying East Jerusalem had to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
In remarks during talks with U.S. Vice Mike Pence in Amman, the king said the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a two-state one. “The U.S. decision on Jerusalem ...does not come as a result of a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the monarch told Pence at the start of the talks in the royal palace.
Jordan lost East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel during the Arab-Israeli war in 1967. Pence was in Amman on the second leg of a three-country tour that concludes in Israel.
In comments delivered in Egypt, Pence said Washington would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to it.
Last month’s endorsement of Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital by President Donald Trump drew universal condemnation from Arab leaders and widespread criticism elsewhere.
It also broke with decades of U.S. policy that the city’s status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Pence told the king that Washington was committed to preserving the status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem.(FA)