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'Recognize East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine'

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Jordan on Wednesday urged the European Union (EU) to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, which is a prerequisite for attaining peace and stability in the Middle East, Xinhua news agency reported, citing state-run Petra news agency.

The remarks were made by Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi at a meeting with ambassadors of EU countries in Amman, where he called for immediate action to support the forming of an international committee to investigate the massacre of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

"Continued crimes committed by Israel without any international response will lead to a new cycle of violence that will affect the region, Europe and the entire world, stressing that the stability of the Middle East is essential for international stability."

Safadi said the Israeli practices and the lack of a solution to the conflict worsen the situation and increase despair, which results in more violence and extremism and called on the international community to shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities to protect the Palestinians.

He warned of serious consequences of the Israeli unilateral measures that seek to impose a new reality on the ground,  and alter the Arabic identity of Jerusalem.

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