1129 GMT March 20, 2018
"This recognition is legally invalid as it enshrines the Israeli occupation of the eastern part of the city, which was occupied by Israel in June 1967," Mohammad al-Momani, Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs, said in a statement, thehill.com reported.
Al-Momani is referencing East Beit-ul-Moqaddas, which was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and was not part of the original lines illegally drawn for the Jewish state in 1949.
In a press release, the Jordanian embassy in Washington, D.C. said the status of Beit-ul-Moqaddas should be determined through peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.
“The Kingdom stressed that the United States should play its primary role as a neutral intermediary to resolve the conflict and achieve peace on the basis of the two-state solution, which the world has endorsed as the only way to resolve the conflict and achieve lasting peace,” the release reads.
Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority have ordered an emergency meeting to take place on Saturday in Cairo of the Ministerial Council of the Arab League to address Trump's decision about Beit-ul-Moqaddas.
The reaction from Jordan comes after Trump on Wednesday officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said the United States plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. But the president signed a six-month waiver putting off the embassy move.