In Jordan, Ban stresses responsibility of Arab leaders to ensure Middle East ‘crisis doesn’t get out control’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) poses for a group photo with members of the UN Country Team serving in Jordan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

22 October 2015 – Continuing his visit to Middle Eastern countries to help ease current tensions between Israel and Palestine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman, and stressed the responsibility of Arab leaders “to encourage calm and to ensure that this crisis does not get out of control.”

“The Secretary-General briefed the King about his meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, in which he appealed to them to put an end to the continuing violence in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israel,” indicated a readout issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.

He also reiterated the importance of reducing tensions at the holy places in Jerusalem and called for upholding the status quo in line with previous understandings between Israel and Jordan, and with respect to Jordan's special role.

The UN chief's visit to the region comes in the wake of an uptick in violence since early September. A series of ever-more deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israelis, including Israeli security forces, has marked much of October, with incidents reported in more than 50 different locations, including in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jenin, Tulkarm and Nablus.

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