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The second point I would like to mention is how grateful Europeans are and how much support the European Union gives to Jordan’s special role as a custodian of the Holy Sites in Jerusalem and our common attachment to the status quo put in place in 1967. We share the sense of urgency – and also sometimes I think the sense of frustration when seeing developments on the ground. And we share the same approach when it comes to wishing for a negotiated two-state solution with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, Israel and Palestine, as the only realistic and viable way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of both parties and to achieve a long-term, sustainable peace in the region. We count on the key role that Jordan is playing on this.

We have worked together also to address the extremely important issue of the financing, but also the review of the mandate of UNRWA [The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East]. We know how important this is, not only for addressing the humanitarian situation of Palestinian refugees, but also to keep the perspective for a two-state solution open. These are not easy times. But in times that are not easy, it is so important to have good friends and good partners that share the same views and that work in the same direction in a coordinated manner as we have been doing. I am sure we will continue to do so, to at least prevent the worst from happening and to keep the way open for more positive developments to be built when the conditions will be there.

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