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Netanyahu makes a surprise visit to Jordan


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to Jordan yesterday and met King Abdullah II, his first visit since assuming power at the head of the most right-wing government in Israel’s history.

Netanyahu’s office said that he discussed regional issues and the issue of security cooperation with Jordan, while the Jordan News Agency reported that King Abdullah II stressed the need to respect the historical and legal status quo in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Qudsi Al-Sharif and not to prejudice it.

King Abdullah II stressed the necessity of adhering to the calm and stopping the acts of violence, in order to open the way for a political horizon for the peace process, stressing the need to stop any measures that undermine the chances of peace, and reaffirmed Jordan’s position calling for commitment to the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the lines of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.