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King reaffirms Jordan’s firm stance against Israeli settlements

His Majesty discusses region with UN secretary general

By JT - Nov 21,2019 - Last updated at Nov 21,2019

His Majesty King Abdullah meets with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in New York on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah, during a meeting with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in New York on Thursday, reaffirmed Jordan’s firm position in rejecting Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Territories, as they violate international law and UN resolutions.

During the meeting, held at the UN headquarters and attended by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, King Abdullah reiterated that any unilateral measures in the Palestinian Territories would undermine the two-state solution and prospects for a comprehensive peace in the region, according to a Royal Court statement.

His Majesty reaffirmed the need to step up international efforts to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The King also welcomed the UN General Assembly’s decision to extend UNRWA’s mandate.

The meeting covered crises in the region and efforts to find political solutions that restore security and stability for its peoples, with His Majesty underscoring the UN’s important role in this regard.

The King stressed the need to maintain the international community’s support for Syrian refugees and host countries to enable them to continue providing relief and humanitarian services.

For his part, UN Secretary General Guterres stressed the United Nations’ commitment to the two-state solution, noting that the UN respects the Hashemite Custodianship over holy sites in Jerusalem.

He stressed the importance of Jordan’s role, led by His Majesty, in bolstering security and stability in the region, commending the Kingdom for hosting refugees and shouldering burdens caused by the refugee crisis.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Al Khasawneh, and Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Sima Bahous attended the meeting.

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