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Jordan: We will summon the Chargé d’Affaires of the Israeli Embassy regarding the events in Al-Aqsa

AA / Amman

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi announced on Monday that the charge d’affaires of the Israeli embassy in Jordan would be summoned in “severe” protest against what is happening at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

This was reported on the official website of the Al-Mamlaka (official) channel after a session in the House of Representatives (the first chamber of parliament),

Safadi said Israel’s ambassador, Amir Weisbord, had been summoned, but “he was not in Amman, and today (Monday) the charge d’affaires of the embassy (without naming him) will be convened to deliver the kingdom’s message in which we strongly condemn the Israeli actions in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

And on Sunday, during a meeting with government officials, King Abdullah II of Jordan called on Israel to respect the historical and legal situation of the Al-Aqsa mosque, and to cease its “illegal and provocative” measures.

For days, tension has reigned in the city of Jerusalem and in the mosque compound due to the incursion of settlers during the Jewish Passover holiday, which coincides with the month of Ramadan.

The West Bank has also seen tensions between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army since the beginning of April, which has resulted in the death of 18 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

In March 2013, the Jordanian monarch signed an agreement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, granting the kingdom the right to “guardianship and defense of Jerusalem and holy places” in Palestine.

*Translated from Arabic by Hend Abdessamad

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