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The Kings of Morocco and Jordan said the assaults on holy sites in Jerusalem “increase extremism and feelings of resentment and hatred, destroying the chances of relaunching the peace process in the region.”
This is what emerges from a press release from the Moroccan Royal Court, published by the Moroccan Official Agency, after a telephone conversation between the King of Morocco Mohammed VI and King Abdullah II of Jordan.
This interview focused, according to the press release, on “the evolution of the situation in Jerusalem and in the Al-Aqsa mosque, in view of the incursions into the holy sites and the attacks against the faithful.”
The statement explains that “the telephone conversation is part of the chairmanship of the Al-Quds Committee (affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation) by King Mohammed VI and the assumption by King Abdullah II of Hashemite guardianship over the Muslim and Christian holy sites in the city of Jerusalem”.
The press release specifies that “this meeting was an opportunity for the Moroccan monarch to inquire about the health of his Jordanian counterpart, after the successful surgery he recently underwent”.
Tension has reigned for several days in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, due to daily incursions and calls by Israeli settlers and Jewish extremists to continue the assault on the mosque, which coincides with Passover.
The occupied West Bank has also been the scene of 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 Ministry of Health.
*Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj
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