Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs, Mohammad al-Momani, said on Monday that Jordan will take the necessary steps to protect the Islamic and Christian sites in Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the Jordan News Agency (PETRA).Palestinian News & Info Agency WAFA reports that, according to Al-Momani, intensive efforts and consultations are taking place to “emphasize the Kingdom’s firm stance against the Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

“Under the directive of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has instructed the Embassy of Jordan in Israel to take steps to ensure the safety of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the protection of the worshipers therein,” quoted PETRA Al-Mamoni as saying.

Al-Mamoni said intensive discussion with the State of Palestine is underway to study practical measure that will ensure the protection of Palestinians in Jerusalem, deter and prevent Israel from implementing its rejected plan to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque and halt the Israeli soldiers’ continued attacks against Palestinian worshipers, the agency reported.

“These steps will be taken with the support of the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation as well as a number of European Union countries.”

He expressed his country’s rejection of the Israeli measures banning Islamic endowment staff from entering the mosque, saying that this was a flagrant violation of the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan as well of the international laws and conventions of the de facto heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem.