Jordan: Arab ministers push for international retaliation to Trump's Jerusalem announcement

Foreign ministers of six Arab nations held a meeting in Amman on Saturday to discuss the Arab League's response to the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In his opening remarks, Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said, «Our position as the Arab League is clear — we have rejected and condemned this decision that violated international legitimacy. And, we have said that it will have no legal consequences, and that Arab countries will work to throttle its repercussions.» Speaking of a response to the US President Donald Trump's decision, Safadi called for all countries to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine while ensuring that the US decision has «no legal consequences.» He went on to argue that the principle of the two-state solution should be applied adding that it is the only «clear and systematic» way to end the conflict between Israel and Palestine. «I don't see any other option except committing to the strategic framework of the peace process,» he said. Apart from Jordan that is presiding over the Arab summit this year, the meeting was attended by foreign ministers of Egypt, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Morocco. The ministers are expected to meet again in the end of January to submit their recommendations to the Arab League Ministerial Council.


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