Jordanian King meets patriarch of Jerusalem

October 19, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Amman (OIC-UNA) – Jordanian King Abdullah II received on Wednesday Kyrios Kyrios Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine and Jordan.

The meeting focused on efforts exerted by the King to preserve Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem as well as violations against church properties in the occupied lands, Petra reported.

During the meeting at Al-Husainiyah Palace, which was attended by Prince Ghazi, the King’s personal envoy and adviser for religious and cultural affairs, Jordanian King stressed his country’s keenness on Palestinian unity to confront challenges facing Palestinians in Jerusalem and the occupied lands due to the Israeli occupation. “Christian holy sites receive the same attention and care just like Muslim holy sites,” the King added.

King Abdullah voiced Jordan’s rejection of any threats to the historical status quo in Jerusalem that respects peaceful co-existence and the churches’ management of their properties.

“Jordan, as part of the Hashemite custodianship of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, will continue its efforts to preserve these sites and defend the properties of churches at all international forums and UNESCO sessions,” he said.

“Any attempt to confiscate the properties of Christians in East Jerusalem is null and void and should be stopped,” the King added.

The patriarch for his part said Jerusalemites, both Christians and Muslims highly appreciate the Hashemite attention and care to their issue as well as the King’s efforts to protect the Christian presence in Jerusalem.

He also briefed the King on the objective of his expected tour to a number of world countries to call for an end to the Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Source: International Islamic News Agency