Jordan Affirms Al-Aqsa Mosque Custodianship

Jordan has affirmed its official custodianship of the al-Aqsa mosque after leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia met, raising uncertainties for the country.

Jordan has affirmed its official custodianship of the al-Aqsa mosque after leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia met, raising uncertainties for the country. 

The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has released a statement on Wednesday saying, “al-Aqsa Mosque is a pure place of worship for Muslims and the Mughrabi Gate is an integral part of it”. 

The ministry affirmed “its rejection of any attempt to change the status quo, and that the Kingdom, based on Hashemite tutelage, will continue its efforts to protect it and preserve the right of Muslims to it.”

As relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia have warmed, Jordan is concerned Israel would favor Saudi custodianship over the holy site. 

Former senior aide to Jordan King Abdullah II, Adnan Abu-Odeh said, “Israel practices pressure and extortion over Jordan with the custodianship matter and they threaten to give it to the Saudis and it is not far fetched, and I believe his majesty the king understands that.”

Jordan has been the official custodian of the holy site since 1924. 


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