Jordan calls on Israel to respect Al-Aqsa mosque sanctity

Jordan calls on Israel to respect Al-Aqsa mosque sanctity
Al-Aqsa mosque recently reopened to Muslim worshippers after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 31 July 2020

Jordan calls on Israel to respect Al-Aqsa mosque sanctity

Jordan calls on Israel to respect Al-Aqsa mosque sanctity
  • Israel should ‘end all provocations and violations there’

DUBAI: The Jordanian government has called on Israel to respect the sanctity of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, which recently reopened to Muslim worshippers after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus.

In a diplomatic note to Tel Aviv, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that Israel as an occupying power should ‘respect the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif, and end all provocations and violations there,’ state news agency Petra reported.

The ministry’s spokesperson Deifallah Al-Fayez condemned the continued Israeli violations at the mosque, the most recent of which was the ‘Israeli occupation forces allowing hundreds of Jewish extremists to storm the mosque’, Petra added.

Al-Aqsa is a place of worship for Muslims only and the Jerusalem Awqaf Department, which affiliated to Jordan, is the sole institution responsible for administrating the affairs of the mosque, the spokesman said, as he called for global pressure to end Israel’s violations in against the Al-Aqsa status quo.


European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans

European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans
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European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans

European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans
  • The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications: Britain, France and Germany
  • Iran had signed up to a 15-year ban on "producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys" under the JCPOA

BERLIN: European powers on Saturday voiced deep concern over Iran's plans to produce uranium metal, warning that Tehran has "no credible civilian use" for the element.
"The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications," said the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany in a joint statement.
Iran had signed up to a 15-year ban on "producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys" under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) signed in 2015 with world powers.
"We strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPoA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal," said the ministers.
Their call came after Iran told the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday that it was advancing research on uranium metal production, saying it is aimed at providing advanced fuel for a research reactor in Tehran.
The landmark 2015 deal agreed between Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions has been largely in tatters since President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions.
The Iranian government has signalled a readiness to engage with US President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on January 20 and who has expressed willingness to return to diplomacy with Tehran.