King Abdullah II reportedly to visit Ramallah on Thursday
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King Abdullah II reportedly to visit Ramallah on Thursday

Jordan's monarch will be first head of state to meet with Abbas since the UN vote admitting Palestine as a nonmember observer state

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) and King Abdullah II of Jordan during a welcoming ceremony in Ramallah in 2011 (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) and King Abdullah II of Jordan during a welcoming ceremony in Ramallah in 2011 (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

King Abdullah II of Jordan is set to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday in Ramallah, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday.

Palestinian and Jordanian sources said that the visit was intended as a show of support for the Palestinian leader in the wake of a United Nations vote that upgraded the Palestinian Authority’s status at the organization to that of a “nonmember observer state.”

Palestinian Ambassador to Jordan Atta Khairy said the visit would send a “strong message” to Israel about Jordan’s support for the rights of the Palestinian people.

Abdullah II will be the first head of state to visit Abbas since the UN approved the Palestinian UN motion by 138-9 last Thursday.

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