Egypt, Jordan, UAE urge restoring calm in Jerusalem, respect of Al-Aqsa historic legal status

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Apr 2022

Leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE stressed on Sunday the importance of respecting the historical legal status at Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, calling for sustained efforts to restore calm there in light of the recent escalation.

Egypt, Jordan, UAE
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Egyptian presidency


This came during a meeting between Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

The meeting addressed the latest developments in the region, including updates pertaining to the peace process in the Middle East and coordination between the three countries in this regard, a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said.

Tensions around Al-Aqsa continued in the holy month of Ramadan — which coincided with both Jewish Passover and Christian Easter — as Israeli forces have repeatedly stormed the mosque to evacuate it of Palestinians secluding there.

During Sunday’s meeting, the Arab leaders called for respecting the role of the historical Hashemite custodianship in protecting the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, the statement added.

They also underscored the importance of stopping all Israeli measures that undermine the two-state solution and the need to find a political horizon for resuming “serious and effective” negotiations to resolve Israeli-Palestinian tensions in accordance with international law.

The Russian-Ukrainian war

Additionally, Arab leaders exchanged views on a number of international issues, particularly the latest development in the Russian-Ukrainian war and the Arab world’s role in resolving the conflict through the recently formed Arab League’s Ukrainian crisis liaison committee, Rady added.

Earlier in April, the liaison group held two rounds of consultations with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs (FM) Sergei Lavrov in Moscow and with Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba in Warsaw to help settle the two-month long conflict.

The group — which includes representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, Sudan, and the UAE, which is a current member of the United Nations Security Council — was formed out of the 157th session of the Council of the Arab League in March to address the impacts of the war.

Supply chains of grain from the Black Sea’s ports to the Middle East and North Africa have been disrupted by the war since both countries together account for nearly 30 percent of the world’s wheat exports.

Furthermore, the war sent prices in the international markets soaring, triggering inflationary pressures all over the world.

Sunday’s meeting also stressed the importance of prioritising dialogue and diplomatic solutions and endeavours that would accelerate the political settlement of the conflict in a manner that preserves international security and stability.

Moreover, it reaffirmed the need to prevent any escalation and deterioration in order to avoid the aggravation of the humanitarian and economic situation and thereby its regional and international impact, noted Rady.

Trilateral ties

Additionally, the meeting tackled means of promoting cooperation between the three nations, the spokesperson said, noting that El-Sisi expressed Egypt’s aspiration to enhance cooperation with Jordan and the UAE.

He also urged moving towards broader horizons of a strategic partnership that establishes “extended relations, achieves common interests, and boosts joint Arab action.”

Furthermore, the Egyptian president highlighted the significance of cooperation and partnership in light of the challenges facing the region as well as the economic and social crises resulting from the multiple regional and international developments.

For their part, King Abdullah II and Crown Prince bin Zayed voiced their countries’ keenness to bolster cooperation with Egypt for the benefit of the three countries, according to the statement.

Both leaders also urged maximising the benefits of cooperative opportunities between the three countries, saying “these ties represent a cornerstone for maintaining regional security and stability and restoring balance to the region.”

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