U.S. vetoed United Nations resolution on Jerusalem — Global Geopolitical Series

Elias Hubbard
December 19, 2017

Pope Francis and Jordan's King Abdullah on Tuesday discussed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that both say is unsafe to Middle East peace.

King Abdullah greeted the pope as "My dear friend and brother". After their meeting, the king and his delegation met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister.

The meeting tackled the consequences of the U.S. decision, and the resulting provocation of the feelings of Muslims and Christians in the region and around the world.

King Abdullah reiterated the need to respect history and worldwide law pertaining to Jerusalem, reported the state-run Petra news agency.

The US has been repeatedly warned that its decision would negatively affect the situation in the Middle East. Palestine and the Arab League told Washington that its recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital would destroy the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, while Turkey said that such a move would be a major catastrophe and threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel if the US still chose to proceed with it.

Jordanian officials, including King Abdullah, have repeatedly denounced the U.S. announcement on Jerusalem as "a violation of worldwide rights".

According to Reuters, the Jordanian king warned Trump that such a declaration would "have risky repercussions" and undermine any peaceful settlement between Israel and Palestine.

"He also urged the worldwide community to increase efforts to protect the rights of Palestinians, Muslims and Christians in Jerusalem, which, he added, represents 'the key to achieving peace and stability in the region".

Both the Vatican and Jordan back a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with them agreeing on the status of Jerusalem as part of the peace process.

King Abdullaha's Hashemite dynasty is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, making Amman sensitive to any changes of status of the disputed city.

King Abdullah presented the pope with a painting of Jerusalem's Old City, which features the Islamic Dome of the Rock and the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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