JORDAN, TURKEY REJECT ISRAELI MEASURES IN AL-AQSA MOSQUE

Jordan and Turkey, on Monday, rejected any attempts to alter the status quo in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Jordanian King Abdullah, received and talked with visiting Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Amman, in which they discussed several regional issues, including the Palestinian issue and the situation in the region.

In a joint statement, the two leaders stressed that, resolving the Palestinian issue is key to the Middle East, calling for serious and effective peace talks, leading to the creation of an independent Palestinian state, based on the two-state solution.

They said, any peace talks should be in line with the 2002 Arab peace initiative, and should be in line with a specific time frame, stating that any future Palestinian state should be at the borders of 1967, with east Jerusalem as its capital.

They also warned against any attempts by Israel, to change the status quo in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, slamming all Israeli unilateral measures in this regard.

The Turkish president also voiced appreciation for Jordan's efforts, in protecting the holy sites in Jerusalem, stressing that Jordan and Turkey will continue to work hand in hand, to prevent Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa.

He also called for increased cooperation at the level of the Islamic countries, to face common challenges, especially in light of pressing conditions the Muslim nations are facing.

On Syria, they reiterated their call on the international community, to increase aid to countries affected by the Syrian crisis.

They also underlined the need for a political solution to the crisis in Syria, to realise the aspirations of the Syrian people and to ensure the state's unity

Source: NAM News Network