A senior Palestinian official said Jordan’s King Abdullah II will visit Ramallah in the West Bank early next week as part of efforts to support calm in Jerusalem during the month of Ramadan.
Speaking to “Al-Ain News”, the official said, preferring to remain anonymous, that the Jordanian king will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.
He explained that the visit “is part of the continuous coordination between Jordan and the Palestinians on various issues, since there is a congruence of positions that there must be a political horizon for the implementation of the two-state solution.”
The official added: “The meeting will discuss developments in the Israeli-Palestinian file, as well as accelerating regional and international developments that will have wide international effects.”
If it goes through, it will be the first visit by the King of Jordan to Ramallah since 2017.
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The visit comes before the month of Ramadan and amid fears of developments, especially in East Jerusalem in general and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular.
The Palestinian official said: “There is an international effort to prevent any unwanted development in light of the coincidence of the month of Ramadan with the Jewish Passover.”
The Al-Aqsa Mosque regularly witnesses massive incursions by Israeli settlers during the week-long Passover holiday.
Many international circles fear the outbreak of events in the city of Jerusalem during that period, as hundreds of thousands of Palestinians flock to Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayers.
According to the Palestinian official, “there is an international awareness of the need to prevent any friction that could lead to an explosive situation.”
In this regard, the French Foreign Ministry said, at a press conference, of which Al-Ain News received a copy, that “France is closely following the development of the situation in Jerusalem and calls on everyone to avoid take any unilateral action that could inflame tensions.
He added: “France recalls that the possibility of resolving the just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian conflict is limited to a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as its capital within the framework of international law and in accordance with internationally agreed criteria.”
Paris underlined “its enthusiasm for the existing historical situation in the holy places of Jerusalem. In addition, the question of the status of Jerusalem must be resolved within the framework of the peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”