Jordan’s king tells Pence East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed in Amman on Sunday and met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. During their meeting, Abdullah criticized the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and told Pence that East Jerusalem would need to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Abdullah and PA leader Abbas Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash 90

Jordan’s King Abdullah II met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday and expressed his concerns regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Amman, he told Pence that U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a unilateral move that does not advance the renewal of the peace process.

“The U.S. decision on Jerusalem ...does not come as a result of a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” Abdullah told Pence at the beginning of their meeting. The Jordanian king added that his country believes that a two-state solution is the only way to end the conflict. He added that any agreement would require that East Jerusalem be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

On Saturday, Pence landed in Cairo, the first stop on his Middle East visit. During his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Pence clarified that Washington is committed to the renewal of the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians.

This evening, Pence is scheduled to land in Israel. From Ben-Gurion Airport, he will travel to the hotel where he will be staying, the 5-star King David Hotel in Jerusalem. On Monday, he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deliver a speech in front of Israel’s lawmakers at the Knesset.



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