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Egyptian, Jordanian and Iraqi leaders meet in Cairo, admonish Israel

By Jay Jackson, New Jersey State News
25 Mar 2019, 12:55 GMT+10

CAIRO, Egypt - Two of Israel's allies, and the only Arab nations to have diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, has called for the cessation of 'Israeli violence in Jerusalem,' and cessation of 'violations against the Al-Aqsa mosque.'

Egypt and Jordan were joined by Iraq, as the three countries issued a a joint statement on Sunday.

The trio, who were meeting in Cairo for an economic cooperation summit, issued a motion of support for Palestine and it's claim to East Jerusalem as it's capital.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi hostedthe summit which was attended by Jordan's King Abdullah II and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

The statement from the three leaders also emphasized the need to fight against terrorism in all its forms, and confronting all those who provide terrorism with funds, arms, and media platforms, with the latter being a probable dig at Qatar.

Egypt, Jordan and Iraq also called for coordination with other Arab countries to restore stability in the region.

They emphasized the independence of Arab countries and the importance of preventing external intervention in their internal affairs.

On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in a private meeting. It was the first meeting in an international setting for Mahdi who took officve five months ago.

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