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Report: Jordan\’s king presses Abbas to calm Israel-Palestinian tensions

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 The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators met in Vienna on Friday and urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to tone down their rhetoric and calm tensions.

Jordan\’s King Abdullah is intensely lobbying Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to exert his influence in order to lower the scale of violence in the West Bank, Channel 10 quoted Jordanian sources as saying on Friday.

The monarch is reportedly concerned that an escalation in Israel-Palestinian strife would have a spillover effect in the Hashemite kingdom.

A majority of Jordan\’s subjects are of Palestinian origin, which makes Amman acutely sensitive to what takes place west of the Jordan River.

Abbas is due in Amman next week to meet with Abdullah and US Secretary of State John Kerry. The three men are expected to discuss ways to bring about calm on the ground.

One of Kerry\’s goals is to reinforce the status quo at al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem\’s Old City, under which non-Muslim prayer has long been banned there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel has not changed the status quo and has no intention of doing so.

The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators met in Vienna on Friday and urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to tone down their rhetoric and calm tensions.

A statement after the meeting – attended by Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the UN Middle East coordinator Nickolay Mladenov – called on Israel "to work together with Jordan to uphold the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem in both word and practice."

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