Erdogan asks Muslim states to stand united

Published: August 22, 2017
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Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the royal palace in Amman. PHOTO: AFP.

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the royal palace in Amman. PHOTO: AFP.

AMMAN: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Muslims nations to increase cooperation with each other during his visit to Jordan’s capital, Amman.

He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on his trip to Jordan to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two states. Speaking during a meeting at Al Hussainiah Palace between delegations from both countries, Erdogan said that the Islamic world was going through a tough time.

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“We, the Islamic world, are living in difficult times. As Muslims, we must maintain solidarity in the region,” Erdogan said.

Earlier, he discussed the situation in Jerusalem and Palestine with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at his palace in Amman.

“I know my brother is concerned about Palestine,” Erdogan said, referring to the king.

Erdogan added that Turkey and Jordan would collaborate to ensure that the sanctity of Al-Aqsa mosque is preserved. The Jordanian monarch thanked him for his firm stance on the Al-Aqsa incident and support to Jordan.

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During the previous month, Israel had imposed new security measures at Al-Aqsa after two police officers were killed at the site. The measures consisted of metal detectors and cameras at the holy mosque, sparking violence between Palestinians and security forces which led to outrage in the Muslim world.

The king said that bilateral issues had also been discussed during his meeting with the Turkish president.

“We have discussed issues related to our countries on the 70th anniversary of our historic relations. We will continue to develop our relations in political, economic, military, social and security sectors,” said the king.

This story originally appeared on Anadolu Agency.

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