Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi during a surprise visit by the Jordanian official to Ramallah.
Al-Safadi tells the Palestinian president that Jordan will continue to support the ongoing Palestinian election push.
Palestinians are set to head to the ballot box on May 22 for the first time in 15 years, although some officials have suggested that the vote could be delayed should Israel refuse to allow Palestinians to vote in East Jerusalem.
“Elections are a necessary and important step taken by the Palestinian leadership, and we are working to remove all obstacles they face,” Al-Safadi says.
Al-Safadi also mentions a series of pending expulsions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Some 75 Palestinian families are awaiting a court decision that will determine whether or not they have the right to remain in their homes.
“We have provided all the documents that we possess, which can help Palestinian residents to preserve all that is rightfully theirs,” Al-Safadi says.
According to a statement by Abbas’s office, al-Safadi also presented Abbas with a letter from King Abdullah.