His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan will travel to France and the Vatican City tomorrow, 19 December.
The King of Jordan will first travel to the Vatican City where he will meet with the head of the Roman Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis. The Royal Hashemite Court has said that discussions with His Holiness will “cover the developments related to Jerusalem, after the United States’ decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy there.”
King Abdullah has been highly critical of the decision by the United States to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as well as recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He has held discussions with the United States President Donald Trump over the issue and has “warned of pre-empting a comprehensive solution that leads to the establishment of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
His Majesty went on to state and emphasise emphasised “that Jerusalem is key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world” and “affirmed that the decision will have serious implications that will undermine efforts to resume the peace process and will provoke Muslims and Christians alike.”
Recently on 13 December at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, King Abdullah stated, “Our right, Muslims and Christians, to Jerusalem is eternal.”
From the Vatican City, the King of Jordan will travel on to Paris, France. There he will meet and hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. Discussions with Macron will, again, focus on the Jerusalem issue. Additionally, they will discuss some of the other latest developments in the Middle East.
Other details regarding His Majesty’s visit to the Vatican City and Paris, France, have not been released.
Just yesterday, King Abdullah met with Christian leaders from Jordan and Jerusalem at the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ on the occasion of both Christmas and the New Year.