Jordan's King Abdullah II said on Wednesday that Israel should not block Palestinians in east Jerusalem from voting in parliamentary elections schedule later this month. In a statement issued by the palace, Adbullah "stressed the necessity of having no obstacles in front of Palestinians of east Jerusalem participating in the vote." The king issued the statement after talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the Jordanian capital. The Jordanian ruler called the elections "an important step on the way to ensuring democracy and reforms in the Palestinian territories." Abdullah also called on "all Palestinian factions to work collectively to end the deteriorating security situation in the territories" and "to work on unifying Palestinian efforts."