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 Friday, May 17 2024 12:09
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Armenia, Jordan against any changes in status quo of Old City of  Jerusalem 

Armenia, Jordan against any changes in status quo of Old City of  Jerusalem 

ArmInfo. On May 15 political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan were held in Yerevan. The consultations from the Armenian side were led by Vahan Kostanyan, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia. The Jordanian side was represented by Majed Thalji Al-Qatarneh, the Secretary General for Diplomatic and Expatriate Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The parties commended the current high level of political dialogue  between Armenia and Jordan, both highlighting the important role of  high-level visits and regular contacts on international platforms.

The interlocutors exchanged views on the prospects of developing  cooperation between the two countries in the spheres of trade and  economy, IT and AI, tourism, science, education and culture, as well  as on deepening the partnership within the framework of international  organisations.

The sides expressed their concerns regarding the tense situation  around the "Cows' Garden" territory in the Armenian quarter of  Jerusalem, refuting any action that would lead to a change of the  Status Quo of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Deputy Minister Vahan Kostanyan presented to the Jordanian delegation  the efforts of the Armenian side towards achieving sustainable peace  in the South Caucasus, the "Crossroad of Peace" project recently  developed by the Government of Armenia emphasising the key principles  of sovereignty, national jurisdiction, reciprocity and equality,  which are the basis of the reopening of communications

He expressed gratitude to his counterpart regarding the statement of  Jordanian Foreign Ministry on the border delimitation agreement  between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the basis of 1991 the Alma-Ata  Declaration.

The Jordanian Secretary General Ambassador Al-Qatarneh, in turn,  presented security issues in the Middle East, particularly, the  vision of official Amman in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On April 3, 2024, at approximately 11:00 local time, the Israeli  police began an illegal eviction from the territory of the "Cow  Garden" of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, destroying the  property of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as well as  attacking the clergy and local Armenians. Let us add that this is not  the first attempt to forcefully seize the property of the Armenian  Patriarchate in the Old City.

These actions of the Israeli police have already been condemned by  the French Consulate General, which called on the Israeli authorities  to refrain from unilateral actions in the Armenian Quarter of  Jerusalem and the Jordanian Foreign Ministry.

The Armenian community of Jerusalem has been protecting its property  24/7 since November 5, 2023. In the last 150 days alone, its  representatives have faced a barrage of unpunished attacks.

The Save the Garden movement calls on all international organizations  to put pressure on the Israeli government to resolve this situation,  which threatens the 1,700-year-old presence of Armenians in the holy  city of Jerusalem.

In July 2021, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem signed an  agreement with an Israeli company, giving it the right to build a  luxury hotel on the Cow Garden site, with the right to demolish  several historical buildings. The Patriarchate canceled the deal  after protests from the Armenian community, as well as the  authorities of the Palestinian Authority. Following this, attacks  began against the Armenian community, with the latest attack  occurring on December 28, 2023, when about 30 armed men attacked the  site, injuring several Armenian activists on duty there, including a  priest and seminary students.  

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