Abbas, Jordan’s Abdullah sign agreement to defend Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites.

The agreement was signed Sunday in Amman following talks between the two leaders.

Under the agreement, Jordan and the PA will cooperate "on the protection and care of al-Aksa mosque and all the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem," the Palestinian Wafa news organization reported.

The agreement also is designed to stop Israeli attempts to "Judaize" Jerusalem, according to a statement released Sunday in Amman.

It "stresses the historical Jordanian role in protecting the holy sites in Jerusalem as well as stresses the Palestinian sovereignty of the Palestinian Territory, including east Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Palestine," Minister of Wakf and Religious Affairs Mahmoud Habbash, who also attended the signing of the agreement, told Wafa.


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