Erdogan: Joint Action Against Militants Possible With Iran

Erdogan arrives in Jordan, focus on Syria and Jerusalem
Ankara, Amman discuss efforts to protect Jerusalem

22 August, 2017

President Erdoğan is being accompanied by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak and Transportation, Maritime and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan during the visit.

Turkey's president was welcomed by Jordanian King Abdullah II with an official ceremony in Amman, later attending closed-door meetings with delegations in the Al-Husseiniya Palace.

Although rivals in their regional foreign policies, both the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey share similar views regarding demands for federalism by Kurds within their borders, and those backed by the United States in Iraq and Syria.

Following the Monday meeting held in Amman, both Erdogan and Abdullah, who is the custodian of the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Palestine, expressed the "unequivocal rejection of any attempt to change the legal and historical situation in the al-Aqsa mosque and any unilateral Israeli action threatening the identity of east Jerusalem".

"We will continue to support Jordan's role in preserving Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem", said Erdogan.

Turkey's President said on Monday that his country will continue to work with Jordan to prevent the recurrence of attacks and violations of the kind that took place at the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in occupied in Jerusalem recently, Anadolu has reported.

Abdullah thanked Erdogan for his decisive attitude on the Al-Aqsa incident and support to Jordan. The measures, which included the installation of metal detectors and cameras, led to renewed violence between Palestinians and security forces and led to outrage across the Muslim world. "This issue has been discussed between the two military chiefs, and I discussed more broadly how this should be carried out", Erdogan said.

They also outlined the economic, social, and security repercussions of hosting Syrian refugees in the Kingdom.

"We have discussed issues related to our countries on the 70th anniversary of our historic relations".

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