Triple Coordination on the Sanctuaries at the Request of the United States
The Palestinian Authority is looking forward to positive results from the visit begun by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, accompanied by his wife Queen Rania, to Washington. Yesterday, King Abdullah and his wife started a private trip to the United States, followed by a working visit, as published by the Jordan News Agency.
The Palestinians expect that King Abdullah will help them a lot in persuading the current US administration to change the equation and to intervene more deeply in the conflict.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met King Abdullah II in Amman on Wednesday, and they discussed the latest Israeli escalation in Jerusalem and the peace process. Abbas said that it is necessary to return to the political horizon, in order to achieve the end of the occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, with its capital, East Jerusalem. In turn, the Jordanian monarch affirmed his support for the Palestinian right to have an independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The meeting also discussed the status of Jerusalem and the holy sites and how to achieve calm there and preserve the historical situation. Jordan is the body that supervises the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, a supervision recognized by Israel, which signed a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994.
In the meantime, the Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli governments, at the direct request of the US administration, began looking into the formation of a tripartite coordination committee on arrangements for visiting the holy sites, Islamic and Christian. Political sources in Tel Aviv stated that several initial meetings took place on the subject at various levels, but there are deep differences in vision that show the difficulty of reaching understandings.