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Jordan to present achievements as president of 28th Arab summit in Saudi Arabia

Jordan will highlight its focus on Palestinian issue and efforts to end stalemate in peace process

By Mohammad Ghazal - Apr 14,2018 - Last updated at Apr 14,2018

DHAHRAN — Jordan will submit a report highlighting its achievements during the presidency of the 28th Arab summit to the 29th meeting of the Arab leaders that will start in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The report of achievements, a copy of which was obtained by The Jordan Times, highlights Jordan's success in addressing various issues amidst a plethora of challenges and political, security and military developments in the region during its presidency of the summit.

In the report, Jordan will highlight its focus on the Palestinian issue and efforts to end the stalemate in the peace process by relaunching peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis on the basis of the two-state solution leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Since it took over the presidency of the summit, Jordan stood up to all unilateral Israeli measures seeking to alter the situation on the ground and undermine the two-state solution, including the illegal settlements activities and the confiscation of lands, according to the report.

Jordan also intensified its communication with the international community to pressure Israel to stop its arrogance and its unilateral measures, according to the report.

The report highlights His Majesty King Abdullah's intensified meeting at all arenas to stress that the Arab peace initiative was the key for ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Jordan, Palestine and Egypt agreed to set a coordination mechanism to deal with the development related to the Palestinian issue and address challenges though unified stances, according to the report.

Jordan continued to exert relentless efforts to safeguard the holy Islamic and Cristian sites in Jerusalem as a custodian of the holy sites in the city, and the Kingdom continued to make efforts to preserve the legal and historic status of Jerusalem and its Arabic and Islamic identity, the report said.

The Kingdom succeeded in ending stopping Israeli aggressions on Al Aqsa Mosque and following Jordan's efforts Israel removed metal detectors from entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque compound, the report showed.

Following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Jordan called for an emergency meeting at the Arab League and stressed its rejection of the US decision and its consequences.

The meeting resulted in tasking a committee representing the Arab Peace Initiative committee to work with the international community and international organisations to curb the consequences of the US decision, the report indicated.

The Kingdom hosted a meeting for Arab ministers to follow up on Trump's decision and intensified its meetings and visits to several key capitals to limit the consequences of the US decision.

The report indicated that Jordan continued to engage in efforts with the US administration to push for a just and lasting peace plan that fulfills the legitimate rights of the Palestinians in line with the international resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.

Jordan also continued to support the steadfastness of the Muslim and Christian Jerusalemites out of strong belief that safeguarding Jerusalem necessitates supporting the Jerusalemites, it indicated.

As part of its support to the Palestinian refugees, which is one of the key final status issues, Jordan continued to work with the international community and warned against the serious consequences of cut in aid to UNRWA.

Jordan, in cooperation with Egypt and Sweden, called for an international conference in Rome to intensify support to the UN agency.

The conference succeeded in bringing back the Palestinian issue on the top of the international community's agenda.

The report will also highlight Jordan's efforts in addressing several issues including the crisis in Syria, where Jordan succeeded in reaching a deal with the US and Russia to create a de-escalation zone in the south of Syria paving the way for a political solution, and making it easier for aid delivery to Syria without any obstacles.

Jordan continued to work with the international community and urge it to support countries that host Syria refugees.

The report also highlights Jordan's efforts in combating terrorism and initiatives to boost economic and trade cooperation among the Arab states, as well as other issues.

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