Emirates News Agency – The UAE condemns the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque

ABU DHABI, 18th May, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE has strongly condemned the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by a member of the Israeli government, members of the Knesset and extremists, under the protection of the Israeli police.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation reaffirmed the UAE’s firm position on the need to provide full protection for Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to stop serious and provocative violations in it.

The Ministry stressed the importance of respecting the role of the brotherly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in caring for sanctities and endowments in accordance with international law and the existing historical situation, and not to prejudice the authority and powers of managing the endowments of Jerusalem and the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The ministry called on the Israeli authorities to stop the escalation and not take steps to exacerbate tension and instability in the region, stressing the UAE’s rejection of all practices that violate international legitimacy resolutions and threaten further escalation.

The Ministry stressed the importance of supporting all regional and international efforts to advance the peace process in the Middle East, as well as putting an end to illegal practices that threaten reaching a two-state solution and establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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