At the meeting with Mike Pence king Abdullah called the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians “a potential major source of instability”
King Abdullah of Jordan in an interview with Vice-President Mike Pence on Sunday expressed hope that Washington would restore confidence in the issue of resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians based on the principle of two States, after President Donald trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
King Abdullah said this in the presence of the Pens is that Jordan believes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “potential major source of instability”.
According to king, he had already expressed concern about the fact that the decision on Jerusalem “does not appear in the result of a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”
He also reiterated the view that East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
“We hope that the US will establish contacts and find the right path forward in these difficult circumstances,” he said.
Pence said in Egypt on Saturday and then in Jordan that the US will support the decision on the basis of the principle of two States for Israelis and Palestinians if they come to this decision.
The December decision by trump to support Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital, caused widespread condemnation of Arab leaders and criticism from different corners of the world. It also marked a departure from longstanding U.S. policy, according to which city status was to be determined in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Jordan lost control of East Jerusalem and the West Bank of the river Jordan during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
Pence told the king that Washington is committed to maintaining the status quo in relation to the Holy places of Jerusalem.
The Hashemite dynasty of king Abdullah is the custodian of Muslim Holy sites in Jerusalem, which Amman with a particular sensitivity applies to any change of status in the city.