Jordan's king in West Bank on rare trip to meet President Abbas

AP , Ahram Online , Monday 28 Mar 2022

Jordan's King Abdullah II landed in Ramallah on Monday to meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, in his first trip to the Israeli-occupied West Bank since 2017, Abbas's office said.

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Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas welcomes King Abdullah II of Jordan ahead of a meeting in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on March 28, 2022. AFP

Abdullah's visit comes as foreign ministers from four Arab states joined an unprecedented meeting hosted in Israel, a gathering Israel hailed as "historic," following a series of normalisation agreements last year, which angered the Palestinians.

The visit also comes less than a week before Ramadan, the Muslim holy month which last year saw waves of violence across the West Bank and Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

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