AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday reiterated Jordan’s full support for the Palestinians in their aspirations to establish their independent and sovereign state on their national soil.
During a visit he made to Ramallah, where he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the King noted that he will work with US President Barack Obama immediately as of the start of his second term to ensure active US engagement in the peace process to arrive at the two-state solution.
His Majesty congratulated the Palestinians for the UN vote in favour of upgrading Palestine’s status to non-member observer state, according to a Royal Court statement.
The Monarch, the first leader to make such a visit after the vote, described the UN General Assembly’s resolution as “historic”, reflecting the international community’s concern for the Palestinian cause and the need to find a just and permanent solution to the issue, based on the two-state solution.
This historic decision constitutes a solid ground towards achieving the aspirations of Palestinians to establish an independent Palestinian state through direct negotiations that address final status issues, which are also a Jordanian interest, the King said.
During his meeting with Abbas at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, attended by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, King Abdullah underlined that Jordan will continue supporting the Palestinian Authority’s efforts in the international arena to realise the Palestinians’ ambitions to win their independence and establish their state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
He added that the two-state solution enjoys international consensus and is the only way to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The King and Abbas agreed to continue coordination to build on the important achievement in the UN in order to restore momentum for the peace process and arrive at a comprehensive and just peace.
The two leaders expressed their condemnation of the Israeli government’s decision to establish 3,000 settler housing units at the Palestinian territories.
They underlined that these measures come in defiance of the international community’s will, hamper efforts to bring about peace, breach international laws and disconnect the Palestinian state geographically.
For his part, Abbas thanked King Abdullah for his continued support for the Palestinian cause in the international arena.
Abbas announced that a square will be named after King Abdullah in Ramallah in recognition of his efforts to support the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Ensour and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh met with their Palestinian counterparts Salam Fayyad and Riyad Malki, respectively.
They discussed bilateral relations and reiterated Jordan’s position that stands to support the Palestinian people in establishing their own independent state.
Judeh said the UN’s upgrade of Palestine to a non-member observer state is a historic step for the Palestinian people, voicing his hope that it will lead to Palestine becoming a full member at the UN.
“What is more important than this is establishing a viable Palestinian state on Palestinian soil, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
He added: “We must ensure that the next phase will see negotiations that deal with all ‘final status’ issues, within a specific time limit, and there must be a clear role for the US.”
Judeh said Israel’s latest decision to build settler housing units is illegal and internationally rejected, warning that it will derail any chance of a contiguous Palestinian state and bury the two-state solution.