Jordan, Palestine in pursuit of 'effective' Mideast talks

Safadi arrives in Ramallah with a letter of support from King

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas receives Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi in Ramallah on Wednesday (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday stressed that Jordan is keen, through joint efforts with the Palestinian leadership to work out “practical steps to break the impasse” in the Mideast peace process and resume “serious and effective talks” to end the conflict.اضافة اعلان

In a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, delivered by Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi, His Majesty said the endgame of the peace process is “achieving a just peace that is only realized when the Palestinian people regain their full legitimate rights, foremost of which is a sovereign state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, within the 1967 lines, and in line with the agreed-on terms of reference”.

Following a meeting with Abbas, Safadi said in remarks to the press, jointly with Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs and member of the Fateh Central Committee Hussein Al-Sheikh, that the King intended to send the message at this time “because the regional and international situation is different now, in light of … positive signs sent by the new US administration, with which we should interact in a positive manner.

“We need to press for creating the required momentum to make enough progress towards the resumption of (peace) negotiations,” according to a Foreign Ministry statement sent to Jordan News.  

The top diplomat underlined that there is a drive underway to stimulate international action that is capable of halting Israeli unilateral acts, such as settlement activity and the confiscation of Palestinians’ properties.

Sheikh thanked Jordan for its support “of the Palestinian elections and the Palestinian leadership’s choice of the democratic option” as the leadership in Ramallah is preparing for the Legislative Council and the Palestinian presidency elections.

Safadi, according to the ministry statement, noted that Amman has delivered official documents it has been collecting over the years proving the leasing of housing units to Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah residents by the Jordanian ministry of construction and development in 1956.

Ministry spokesperson Dhaif Allah Al-Fayez said Tuesday that upon a request from Palestinian authorities, certified copies of all the documents found were provided to the Palestinian embassy in Amman.

Over 70 Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah are facing a fierce legal battle in Israeli courts to stop their forcible transfer to make room for Israeli settlers, it was reported.

In February, an Israeli district court in occupied Jerusalem rejected an appeal filed by four Palestinian families of the Karm Al Ja’ouni area of Sheikh Jarrah against previous eviction orders, according to the Middle East Monitor, which said the court gave the families until May 2, 2021, to leave their homes.

These documents included lease contracts, correspondence, records and statements of the names of tenants.

Additionally, the Palestinian embassy was handed a certified copy of the agreement between the ministry of construction and development and UNRWA in 1954, under which the leases were concluded, according to Fayez.

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