February 29, 2024

AN, AMMAN: British MP Shailesh Vara confirmed on Monday that the UK does not intend to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Jordan News Agency reported.

Vara was leading a British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union delegation to Jordan, where they met members of the Jordanian Senate.

The Jordanian contingent was led by Sen. Hani Mulki, who told the BGIPU that the Palestinian cause remains a central issue in the Arab world. He emphasized the importance of bringing Israel to the negotiating table to the efforts to achieve peace through a two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He also highlighted the deep, historical ties between Jordan and the UK, noting that King Abdullah II this month became the first Arab leader to meet King Charles III following the latter’s ascension to the throne in September.

Mulki said a rapidly changing world poses growing challenges for Jordan and has a direct effect on its infrastructure, social structure and economic sectors, necessitating the continuation of its pivotal humanitarian role, the most important aspect of which is hosting Syrian refugees. He said that Jordan has paid more of the cost of hosting approximately 1.4 million refugees than the rest of the world has pledged in assistance.

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