Arab FMS Meet in Amman to Discuss US Jerusalem Recognition

Arab FMS Meet in Amman to Discuss US Jerusalem Recognition

Arab foreign ministers met in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Saturday (January 6) and continued discussion of the ongoing dispute over Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Arab news channels interrupted their usual coverage to focus on the Arab foreign ministers' press conference in the Jordanian capital, which is the latest development in the ongoing controversy over the U.S administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reports Voice of America (VOA).

Arab League head Ahmed Aboul Gheit told VOA journalists that the guiding principle of Arab diplomacy regarding the Jerusalem controversy, in his view, was to preserve the legal status quo.

He said that no final decision has been reached about what to do, but the main goal of Arab diplomacy is to reduce any Palestinian losses or endorse any Israeli victories resulting from the U.S. decision, says VOA.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, who hosted the gathering of the Egyptian, Saudi, Jordanian and Moroccan foreign ministers, told journalists that the position of Jordan is to push for international recognition of a Palestinian state.

In league to exert regional pressure, Safadi said that Jordan and the Arab states will seek an international political decision to recognize a Palestinian state within the borders prior to June 4, 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital.

U.S. has little international support for its controversial decision. On Dec. 18, the United States blocked a United Nations Security Council call for Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem to be withdrawn.

Three days later, more than 120 countries defied Trump and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reported Reuters.

Safadi added that all efforts would be made, as well, to prevent other countries from following the U.S. example and moving their embassies to Jerusalem.

Safadi, in response to a journalist's question, later insisted that his country was not contemplating canceling its peace accord with Israel over the matter. He stressed that the "best way to resolve the conflict is to pressure the international community to block the U.S. decision and to push for a two-state solution entailing the recognition of a Palestinian state."

Earlier Saturday, Jordan's King Abdullah II met the Arab diplomats and said "the question of Jerusalem must be resolved within the framework of a just and lasting peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis," reported AFP.

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, and is the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, AFP said.