Statement by the Federal Foreign Office on the situation in Jerusalem

27.07.2017 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (27 July) on the situation in Jerusalem:

We have been observing the situation in Jerusalem in recent days with concern. In view of this, the German Government warmly welcomes the fact that constructive talks between Israel and Jordan have led to concrete steps to de-escalate the situation at Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.

The latest developments give us reason to hope that worshippers will return and that Friday prayers will pass off peacefully tomorrow.

We call on all parties affected to continue their endeavours to achieve a viable and acceptable solution that does justice to the security needs of all sides and the importance of the holy sites, while maintaining the status quo. Any call or statements that serve to fuel the situation would be irresponsible in this context.

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