Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry shakes hands with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi before the meeting was held in Arab League headquarter in Cairo. 11 September 2018 (Photo: Egypt's Foreign Ministry Official Facebook page)
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi called on Israel on Saturday to "stop all attacks and provocative measures” in Jerusalem to restore calm and end tensions that have been mounting in the past few days in the holy city.
Brawls between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Old City over a security barricade issue have escalated over the past few days to chants by an Israeli extremist group against Arabs and border fighting between Israel and Gaza's Hamas group.
In a phone call, Shoukry and Safadi condemned the violent actions and incitement made by extremist groups against Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
The two foreign ministers demanded Israel stop these actions immediately.
Shoukry and Safadi also highlighted the necessity for Israel to shoulder its responsibility, within international law, to provide security for Palestinians.
The ministers warned against the escalating tensions and provocative actions that targeted Jerusalem’s Palestinians and sought to prevent them from accessing Al-Aqsa Mosque since the beginning of Ramadan.
“They affirmed the necessity to end these actions and violations that target the Arab Islamic and Christian identity of Jerusalem and its sanctities and [aim to] alter its ongoing historic and legal situation,” the statement added.
Shoukry and Safadi called on the international community to take effective action to break the deadlock in the peace process and urge the return of serious and effective negotiations to achieve comprehensive and fair peace.
Peace should be based on the two-state solution, in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, they affirmed.
UN Special Envoy for the Middle East Tor Wennesland on Saturday called for ceasing the “provocative acts” across Jerusalem and the indiscriminate launching of rockets towards Israeli population centres.