Amman, (Petra) -- His Majesty
King Abdullah II on Sunday said that Jordan
would continue its historical role in protecting
Islamic and Christian places in Jerusalem
out of the Hashemite custodianship over
Receiving the Bishop of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and
the Holy Land Sani Ibrahim Azar and a delegation
accompanying him, King Abdullah emphasized
that the Christian sanctities receive the
same attention as Islamic holy sites.
The meeting touched on Jordan's
relentless efforts to preserve holy places
in Jerusalem and maintain their Arab identity,
as well as counter any attempt to change
the status quo of the holy city.
Bishop Azar, on his part,
highlighted the importance of the Hashemite
custodianship over the holy sites in Jerusalem,
lauding the King's unwavering efforts to
realize peace and security in the Middle
East, enhance dialogue and disseminate the
values of love, tolerance and moderation.
He also reviewed challenges
facing Jerusalem churches, in the light
of Israel's intention to impose taxes on
property related to churches, which were
exempted from fees.
The meeting was attended
by the Royal Court chief and the director
of the King's Office.