- Title: PA, Jordan, to form a 'Crisis Committee' over Jerusalem holy site
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) JORDAN'S KING ABDULLAH II BIN AL-HUSSEIN, PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS AND DELEGATION LEAVING GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS PALESTINIAN FLAG FLYING KING ABDULLAH, ABBAS AND DELEGATION WALKING KING ABDULLAH'S HELICOPTER LEAVING VEHICLE STOPPING AT GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS ABBAS LEAVING VEHICLE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER REYAD AL-MALIKI, SAYING: "The visit of his majesty king Abdullah II to Ramallah and his meeting with Mr. President Mahmoud Abbas comes at a very important time to hold a joint evaluation of the latest circumstances that we both faced of the direct Israeli assaults on Al-Aqsa mosque and the city of Jerusalem in an attempt to change the status quo in al-Aqsa mosque. The evaluation of this experience was very important to prepare for a coming stage that we expect from Israel and from the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu." SECURITY GUARDS AT SCENE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER REYAD AL-MALIKI, SAYING: "These are the issues that have been dealt with today and discussed between both leaders and the delegations that participated in these meetings and we agreed to form a crisis committee that will continue to coordinate between each other and be in contact among its members to evaluate the past stage and the lessons from it, in addition to evaluate any challenges or risks that we may face at Al-Aqsa mosque or any other issues that are similar." AL-MALIKI LEAVING
- Embargoed: 21st August 2017 13:13
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians Palestinian Foreign Minister statement
- Location: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
- City: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T5P6X3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Jordan's King Abdullah met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday (August 7) for the first time in five years to discuss tensions at a Jerusalem holy site and wider political developments.
While the two leaders meet fairly frequently in Amman and other regional capitals, Abdullah has not visited Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, since December 2012.
The king flew in by helicopter, with the visit coordinated with Israeli authorities which control all entrance and exit points to the West Bank, including its 150 km. (93 mile) border with Jordan and the air space above.
The visit comes two weeks since a surge in violence in Jerusalem after Israel installed metal detectors at Muslim entrances to the Al Aqsa mosque compound, following the killing of two Israeli policemen.
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