Jerusalem skyline 370 .
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Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour met in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and signed agreements to strengthen relations in various fields, including an increase in economic and trade ties.
Ensour said that Jordan recognizes Palestinian sovereignty over “every square millimeter” of east Jerusalem, and this includes the Temple Mount, known as Haram al-Sharif by Muslims, The Jordan Times reported on Wednesday.
He also said that Jordan’s King Abdullah and Abbas signed an agreement last year that renewed the kingdom’s role as a custodian of Muslim holy sites in the city.
“Jordan does not compete with the Palestinians for sovereignty over east Jerusalem,” he said according to the report.
Ensour added that Jordan is constantly kept up to date about the status of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and that communication is fluid between Amman and Ramallah as well as with the US on the matter.
At the end of the meetings, nine memorandums of understanding and executive programs were presented in the fields of industry, protecting national products, agriculture, health, civil defense, and meteorology, Jordan News Agency Petra reported.
During a press conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Ensour stressed that Jordan supports the Palestinians’ quest for statehood and has always stood by them.
He also expressed his country’s support for the talks to reconcile Palestinian factions.