Selasa , 26 November 2013, 21:00 WIB

Jordan vows to protect religious sites in Jerusalem

Red: Julkifli Marbun
AP/Egyptian Presidency
Egyptian President Adly Mansour (right) greets Jordan's King Abdullah II on his arrival to the presidential palace in Cairo, Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Egyptian President Adly Mansour (right) greets Jordan's King Abdullah II on his arrival to the presidential palace in Cairo, Saturday, July 20, 2013.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, AMMAN -- King Abdullah II of Jordan said the kingdom will continue to protect the Islamic and Christian sites in Jerusalem and preserve the "Arabic identity" of Jerusalem, the state-run Petra news agency reported on Monday.

Stressing solidarity with the Palestinian people, the Jordanian leader said Jordan aims to support and empower the Muslim and Christian residents of Jerusalem and enhance their presence in the city.

In a letter sent to Ambassador Abdou Salam Diallo, chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the king called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by putting an end to Israel's violations in Jerusalem, especially those targeting al-Aqsa Mosque.

King Abdullah reiterated Jordan's support for the Palestinians, emphasizing their right to statehood and self-determination and stressing the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state.

The King voiced concern over Israel's violations, particularly settlement activities, which he said seeks to alter the identity of Jerusalem, and urged the international community to take action against these moves.

Sumber : Antara/Xinhua-OANA