Kerry meets Abbas, Jordan’s king over Jerusalem situation

Amman, Oct 24 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed on Saturday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan the situation in Jerusalem and ways to restore calm.

“Abbas met with Kerry in Amman and was briefed on steps Kerry is taking with the Israelis to reach a truce and calm the situation,” Palestinian Authority Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told reporters in Amman after the meeting between Kerry and Abbas.

At the meeting, Abbas stressed the immediate need to stop attacks by Israeli settlers and preserve the holy sites in Jerusalem and the current historic status quo in Jerusalem before any further discussions or steps, Abu Rudeineh said, Xinhua reported.

“We are currently waiting to see if the Israelis will take any serious measure in this regard so we can deal with them,” he added.

Kerry said the US will take measures to keep the status quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

After the meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Kerry said Israel and Jordan had agreed on new measures for Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, including 24-hour security cameras.

Also, King Abdullah II of Jordan talked with Kerry on the latest developments in the Middle East, including the situation in Syria and Iraq, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

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