Jordan warns of consequences of possible U.S. relocation of embassy to Jerusalem

AMMAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Jordan on Tuesday warned of serious consequence if the United States goes ahead with its decision to relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi discussed Tuesday with several ministers on the possible decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which Jordan said is a violation of international legitimacy laws and the UN charter.

In phone calls with several ministers of Arab and Islamic states, Safadi discussed measures to deal with the serious consequences and looked into efforts to develop an action plan to deal with the decision, which will increase tensions in the Middle East and undermine peacemaking efforts.

Safadi stressed that the situation of Jerusalem should be determined through final status negotiations as stipulated by all international resolutions that also state that all unilateral Israeli measures are invalid.

The minister added that Jerusalem is a Palestinian and an Arabic, Islamic and Christian issue, and called for holding emergency meetings at the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to coordinate stances by the Arab and Islamic world.

Also on Tuesday, Jordanian House of Representatives said it will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to look into the issue after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would go ahead with a plan to relocate the embassy.

The U.S. president telephoned King Abdullah II of Jordan Tuesday and informed him of his intention to go ahead with the decision.

Jordan, which signed a peace deal with Israel in 1994, oversees the holy Islamic and Christian sites in the holy city.

[ Editor: meng ]


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