The royal families of Jordan and Saudi Arabia have met to discuss Jerusalem

Crown Prince Hussein and Crown Prince Mohammed joined their respective fathers for the political tête-à-tête.

He’s not long graduated from a prestigious British military academy, just like his father did decades before.

And Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah is continuing to follow in King Abdullah II’s footsteps, joining the Jordanian monarch on his most recent official meeting.

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The royals jetted into Saudi Arabia this week to visit King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and discuss current world events.

On the agenda was US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that has drawn ire across the Middle East since it was announced last week.


Nations including Palestine, the UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have condemned the decision, with the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressing “deep concern about the repercussions of this decision on the stability of the region”.

During their meeting, the Jordanian and Saudi royals (along with officials present) discussed the ramifications of Trump’s decision on regional security and stability, as well as on peace efforts.

The two sides called for “intensifying Arab, Islamic, and international efforts to safeguard the Palestinians’ historical rights to Jerusalem”, Jordan’s Royal Court said in a statement, and stressed “the importance of reaching a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause”.

Following the meeting, the two Crown Princes and future leaders were snapped exchanging a warm handshake.

Crown Prince Hussein’s mother, Queen Rania, has also spoke out about President Trump’s decision this week, stating: “No political decision can ever undermine the sanctity of Jerusalem and what it means to millions of Arabs, Muslims and Christians around the world,”

The royal took to social media shortly after the news was public last Wednesday, adding that “today Jordanians stood united in solidarity with ⁦Jerusalem ⁩and its Arab identity”.

A stand that emphasised the strong connection between the Jordanians and the Palestinian cause.”

Trump’s decision has set in motion the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though the step is expected to take years to complete. Currently, no other nation has its embassy in the Holy City.

“While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering,” the US President said last week during a press conference.

Shortly thereafter, Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces clashed in Jerusalem and the West Bank, while demonstrations were held across the world lambasting the move.

Queen Rania paid tribute to those killed in action, asking God to “have mercy on the martyrs and protect our brothers and families”.

Peaceful rallies were held in Amman over the weekend, with thousands congregating outside the US embassy, according to the Jordanian Times.

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“Jordanians are always the centre point of this nation, and what they have shown today is a strong feeling towards Jerusalem, our first issue, with unmatched cohesion and brotherhood, which reflects the dignity of our people, a source of pride for me and for every Arab,” King Abdullah II tweeted following the protests.

“God bless Jordan and its people as a shield and a bond to our nation and its people.”

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Image: Crown Prince Hussein/Instagram, Getty

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