King pays visit to Ramallah after Palestine's U.N. status upgrade...1st add

On the sidelines of the King's visit, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour held talks with Palestinian counterpart Salam Fayyad on means to enhance bilateral ties in various fields.

Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and Palestinian counterpart Riyad Al Maliki held a press conference at the Palestinian presidency headquarters in Ramallah during which they stressed the importance of the King's visit , which reflects Jordan's support of the Palestinians to establish their independent state on their national soil.

Judeh said the king was keen to be the first to congratulate the Palestinian president and his people over the "historic achievement" represented by the U.N. General Assembly's recent vote to grant Palestine the status of observer, non-member state.

Judeh expressed hope that the step would be a corner stone to realize Palestinian hopes for an independent, viable, and contiguous state with East Jerusalem as its capital through direct peace talks that address all final status issues, stressing that Palestinian statehood is a higher Jordanian interest.

He also expressed Jordan's appreciation over naming one Ramallah's key squares as the King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein II Square.

Judeh condemned Israel's latest move to build housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and said the Israeli plan is a breach of international law and legitimacy.

//Petra// SD


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