AMMAN – Jordan on Friday welcomed US President Donald Trump’s decision not to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and praised his commitment to working to reach a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis, China’s Xinhua news agency reported the state-run Petra news agency as saying.
Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani said that the decision reflects a deep understanding of the sensitivity of the situation and contributes to creating a suitable environment to relaunch successful peace talks.
The decision is an “important and wise step,” the minister said, adding that it will enhance peacemaking efforts.
Jordan, which oversees the holy Islamic and Christian sites in east Jerusalem that is envisaged as the future capital of the Palestinian state, has been repeatedly warning against the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
During the March Arab Summit held in Jordan, Arab leaders warned against the consequences of such a step on the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis and peacemaking in the Middle East.
In the statement carried by Petra news agency, the minister noted King Abdullah II’s statements during his meeting with Trump in Washington recently, in which he underlined the importance of the US role in ending the conflict and creating stability and peace in the Middle East.
Trump’s decision, the minister said, highlights the US administration’s respect to its partners’ views.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump signed a waiver delaying the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
During his presidential campaign, Trump made a provocative promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, breaking a long-held American policy.