FM holds a joint press conference with its Palestinian counterpart, head of the Arab League | Jordan News
Ammon News –
The emergency meeting of the Arab Ministerial Committee for International Action to Address Illegal Israeli Policies and Measures in the Occupied City of Jerusalem, held Thursday in Amman, chaired by Jordan, rejected any attacking holy sites in Jerusalem or changing their identity,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi said.
In a joint press conference held with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Safadi noted that the emergency meeting focused on the dangerous escalation Israelis in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Discussions also focused on ways to defuse tensions to protect the city’s holy sites and ensure the freedom of worshipers to practice their religious rites during the holy month of Ramadan “freely and without restrictions”, Safadi noted.
The meeting was also aimed at stopping the violence and restoring the calm that all parties have worked hard to achieve, Safadi stressed.
Continuing: “Arab countries have a critical period until the end of Ramadan and our demands are clear to stop the attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque, respecting the existing legal and historical status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al -Haram Al-Sharif, and end all practices that undermine this situation and constitute an attack on the mosque and worshipers.”
Today’s meeting reflected the fact that occupied Jerusalem and its holy places belong to the Arab and Islamic world, which does not accept any aggression against these holy places, nor any attempt to change its Arab, Islamic and Christian identity, underlined Safadi.
Over the past few days, all sides have made “intense” efforts to bring peace to Jerusalem and allow worshipers to perform their religious rites without restrictions or conditions, he said.
“Our demands were clear to stop the attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and respect the existing historical and legal status quo that predated the year 2000, where Al-Aqsa Mosque – Al-Haram Al-Sharif in its entirety is a A place of worship exclusively for Muslims and non-Muslims, the tour of its premises is conducted under the direction of the Jordanian-run Islamic Endowment Department in Jerusalem, he noted.
If these demands are met, this achievement will help restore calm and stop tensions and violence that harm civilians and the brotherly Palestinian people and prevent them from performing their religious duties during Ramadan, Safdai stressed.