King’s visit to Ramallah timely, delivers key messages — pundits

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His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein are received by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas upon arrival at the Palestinian presidency in Ramallah. (Photo: Royal Court)
AMMAN — As a six-way meeting of the foreign ministers of the United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt convened in the Naqab Desert, His Majesty King Abdullah was holding talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to reiterate the centrality of the Palestinian issue and to renew Jordan’s support to the Palestinians and to their right to an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital. اضافة اعلان

Political analyst Hussein Al-Rawashdeh said the King’s talks in Ramallah expressed two key messages; Jordan’s rejection of the Israeli invitation to attend the six-party ministerial meeting in Naqab, and Jordan’s reiteration of its core positions on Palestine: rejection of Israeli settlements, condemnation of the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and support for a two-state solution.

“Hence, Jordan views the six-party meeting as a reward to Israel and its policies against the Palestinians, and the visit carries a deep multi-dimensional political message from Jordan to all the parties,” said Rawashdeh.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Mamdouh Al-Abbadi said the Ramallah meeting indicates that “Jordan’s foreign policy compass points towards the Palestinian cause,” adding that the current circumstance requires continued meetings between the two sides to achieve the common goal of establishing an independent Palestinian state.

Senator Jamil Al-Nimri said His Majesty’s meeting with Abbas in Ramallah “came at the right time and entailed a message contrary to the Naqab meeting,” which did not include the Palestinians.

“It is clear that the trend is to reverse the positioning of the parties in regional affairs and shuffle the cards by making Iran the main enemy, and Jordan does not accept that because it considers this as part of the ‘Deal of the Century’,” he added.

Political analyst Amer Al-Sabaileh saw the Ramallah summit as consolidating the fact that the situation in the West Bank is a top priority for Jordan. He said the King’s visit aimed to calm the situation in the West Bank and express Jordanian fears of a “social explosion” and clashes during Ramadan, “something which is directly connected with Jordan’s security.”

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