Jordan king urges Netanyahu to ‘cease violence’ in rare meet

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Amman in a rare meeting after years of strained relations between the two leaders. The royal palace said they discussed the situation in occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and “the importance of respecting the historical and legal status quo”. Netanyahu, who previously served as prime minister from 2009 to 2021, returned to power last month at the head of a coalition that includes extreme-right and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties. On 3 January, far-right Israeli National Security Minister Itam…

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