Jordan’s King Abdullah emphasized the importance of unifying, coordinating, and stepping up Arab efforts to de-escalate the situation in Jerusalem on Thursday, urging Israel to preserve the historical and legal status quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque and protect Muslim worshippers’ rights.

The monarch expressed gratitude for Arab leaders’ stances in calling for calm in the Palestinian territories and supporting the Palestinian people’s steadfastness, as well as the Hashemite Custodianship, during a meeting of the Arab League ministerial committee tasked with galvanizing international action to counter illegal Israeli measures in Jerusalem.

According to the state news outlet Petra, he called for more steps to avert any further escalation.

In recent weeks, there has been an uptick in violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, raising fears of a return to wider conflict.

On behalf of Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Waleed Al-Khuraiji took part in the work of the fourth emergency meeting in the capital, Amman, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Jordan chairs the group, which also includes Saudi Arabia, Tunisia — the current Arab League president — Algeria, Palestine, Qatar, Egypt, and Morocco.

Along with the UAE, which is currently a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit attended the conference.

The group discussed how to deal with Israel’s alarming escalation in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as how to consolidate a concerted response to end Israeli attacks and violations of the holy sites, halt the violence, and restore global calm.

The committee also urged the international community, particularly the United Nations Security Council, to take immediate and effective action to end Israel’s illegal and provocative practices in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to protect international law and the UN Charter, prevent an escalation of violence, and maintain security and peace.

In a final statement, the committee reiterated its disapproval of Israeli attacks and breaches against worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The committee also expressed concern that the attacks and infractions were a clear provocation to Muslims worldwide.

“These transgressions are a flagrant affront and provocation of Muslim sensibilities everywhere,” the Arab League said in a statement. “They risk a cycle of violence that affects security and stability in the region and around the world.”

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