Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah discuss Al-Aqsa tensions
King Abdullah has previously condemned Israel for constantly restricting Palestinians from entering the Al-Aqsa compound. (AFP/File)
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President Mahmoud Abbas met on Sunday with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman to discuss recent tensions at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as regional issues.
Abbas briefed Abdullah on his latest meetings with international and regional leaders that allegedly aimed to revive the peace process.
The Palestinian president told Abdullah about the current situation in Jerusalem, and the Jordanian role in protecting the city and its holy sites was discussed between the two.
Earlier Sunday the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment said that Israel is imposing severe restrictions on Palestinian entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a bid to initiate a daily schedule for Jewish prayer at the holy site.
The statement came amid reportedly increasing restrictions on Palestinian access to the holy site, while Jewish extremist groups tour the compound under the armed protection of Israeli forces.
Jordan has custodianship over the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem -- which is holy to both Jews and Muslims -- and other Muslim holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.
The custodianship is enshrined in the peace treaty that the Hashemite Kingdom signed with Israel in 1994.
Amman is also seen as a key player in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and King Abdullah II has repeatedly called on Israel to end "its unilateral action and repeated attacks" against Jerusalem's holy sites.
King Abdullah told Abbas Sunday that Jordan would continue its efforts and coordinate with regional sides to help overcome the hurdles currently blocking the peace process.
Abdullah rejected Israeli policies in Jerusalem, adding that Jordan will maintain its role in protecting holy sites and preserving the city's identity.
Jordanian leadership has criticized Israeli violations several times in the past, often referring to violations at the Al-Aqsa compound as a "red line."
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