King Abdullah, President Abbas to set up joint crisis committee on Al-Aqsa

King Abdullah of Jordan and president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas agreed on Monday to establish a joint crisis committee that would follow up the Israeli violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to PA Foreign Minister Riyadh Al-Maliki, Abbas and King Abdullah agreed at their meeting in Ramallah to form a “joint crisis committee” to evaluate the past and expected Israeli violations in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The PA President’s spokesman Nabil Abu-Rudieneh said that the meeting was part of the cooperation between the PA and Jordan to discuss the challenges facing both.

Last month, Israel adopted a set of security measures, installing surveillance cameras throughout the Al Aqsa Mosque compound and security gates to check the worshipers, increasing thus tension in the region.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco, in his capacity as Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, had addressed a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, strongly condemning Israel’s “provocative” and “unacceptable” practices in Jerusalem.

Morocco’s King urged the international community to take decisive actions to compel Israel to put an end to these provocative practices that could spur extremist tendencies, further tension, animosity and violence in the entire region.

The Monarch called the international community and the UN Secretary General to compel Israelis to respect the legal and historical status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the Holy Places.

The measures adopted by Israel prompted suspicion that there might be an Israeli plan for the spatial and temporal division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and attempts to change the status quo at the holy shrine.

Following the strong protests expressed by the Islamic world and the international community, Israel cancelled the additional security arrangements.

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