Jordan's king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state
Jordan’s King Abdullah expressed concern on Sunday over a decision by Washington to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and said the only way out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the two-state solution.
The King made the remarks during talks with US Vice President Mike Pence in Amman.
Jordan lost East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
Washington's endorsement of Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital broke with decades of US policy that the city’s status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
King Abdullah said the US move would fuel radicalism and inflame Muslim and Christian tensions.
"For us, Jerusalem is key to Muslims and Christians, as it is to Jews. It is key to peace in the region and key to enabling Muslims to effectively fight some of our root causes of radicalization,” he said.