Israel’s Gantz, Jordanian king maintain uncommon assembly in Amman

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz held a uncommon public assembly with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman on Wednesday. The pair mentioned bilateral ties and regional safety.  

Gantz praised the go to in a tweet afterward.

Gantz’ workplace stated the Israeli protection minister “praised the expansion of relations” between the 2 international locations and “expressed [Israel’s] commitment to further develop security, economic and civilian exchanges.”

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, becoming the second Arab country to do so after Egypt. But the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has strained relations. Frequent clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem, where Jordan has custodianship of over holy sites, is a major source of tension. 

During the meeting, the Jordanian monarch “reiterated the need to maintain calm in the Palestinian territories, and to take the necessary measures to create the horizon needed to achieve just and comprehensive peace, on the basis of the two-state solution,” the royal courtroom stated in an announcement.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi was additionally in attendance. On the Israeli aspect, protection officers together with Gantz’ Chief of Staff Maayan Israeli attended the assembly. 

Abdullah and Gantz final met secretly in February, the Israeli press reported. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who “pledged to fix the relationship” with Jordan, additionally met secretly with the king in July.  

Gantz’ journey to Amman on Wednesday follows a Dec. 28 assembly with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the protection minister’s home outdoors Tel Aviv. The shock go to marked Abbas’s first official assembly inside Israeli territory since 2010.

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