Jordan’s King Abdullah meets Abbas, backs Palestinian state

King Abdullah of Jordan on Wednesday met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbass and discussed peace process and support of Jordan to the Palestinian authority, diplomatic sources said.

Abbas met with the king at al Husseinya palace in Amman, and spoke about impact of US efforts in the peace talks and means of ending the peace talks deadlock, according to sources.

The Jordanian monarch stressed that his country supports the Palestinians in their quest to establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The pro-west Abdullah has also said that his country 'rejects' unilateral measures by Israel in occupied areas in Jerusalem including Muslim and Christian sites, stressing that the Hashemite family has the custodianship rights over these places. The meeting comes as pressure is mounting on Abbas in the aftermath of US decision to move its embassy to east Jerusalem, amid calls for his resignation and dissolving the Palestinian authority.

Palestinian officials say the US decision is counter productive as they called for international pressure on Washington to revoke its decision.

Abbas has recently stepped up his diplomatic movement to secure additional sponsors for the peace talks after Washington decision. He is currently embarking on a diplomatic mission to drum up support for his position ahead of crucial period involving the peace process and will head tomorrow for Qatar.

Source: National News Agency