Envoys of Middle East Quartet “deeply concerned” by Jerusalem tensions

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“The envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations in a statement on Saturday said they were deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem.

They strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded.

“Noting the particular sensitivities surrounding the holy sites in Jerusalem, and the need to ensure security, the Quartet envoys call on all to demonstrate maximum restraint, refrain from provocative actions and work towards de-escalating the situation,” statement added.

The envoys welcome the assurances by the Prime Minister of Israel that the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem will be upheld and respected, and encourage Israel and Jordan to work together to uphold the status quo, noting the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom as recognized in its peace treaty with Israel.

Meanwhile, the White House is reportedly holding talks with Israel, Jordan, the Palestinians and other entities in the Arab world in an effort to find a solution to ongoing crisis, according to Israeli officials and Arab diplomats who asked to remain anonymous, Haaretz reported.

Meanwhile, Egypt, France and Sweden released a statement on Saturday calling for an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss crisis.