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Dome of the Rock

Jordanian Interior Minister Ghalib Zoabi joined his country’s Ambassador to Israel, Ramallah Khalid Shawabka, and Islamic Waqf Director Azzam Khatib, on Sunday in a tour of the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Muslims refer to the site as the Haram al-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary.


“Jordanian ministers and other senior officials frequently visit us and we hope that will continue,” Khatib told The Jerusalem Post in a phone call.

The night before, Zoabi attended midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on behalf of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, according to the official Petra news agency.

It was the first visit to Israel’s capital by a senior Jordanian official since U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement last month declaring his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Jordan signed an agreement with Israel in 1967, granting the Hashemite Kingdom continued status as the guardian of Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.