Jordan king calls for Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem

Jordan king calls for Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, second left, meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan and their delegations in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The king raised with Steinmeier the case of Jerusalem in the wake of the U.S. decision to declare the city the capital of Israel. Steinmeier said "we have many things to talk about" like Jerusalem, tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and refugees. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s king has reaffirmed his support for establishing a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, highlighting his differences with the Trump administration on a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

King Abdullah II spoke Sunday during a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The monarch, a staunch U.S. ally, serves as custodian of a major Muslim shrine in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, sought by the Palestinians as a future capital.

President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month and declared last week that the city was “off the table.” This appeared to contradict earlier declarations that the boundaries of sovereignty in Jerusalem are not finalized.

Abdullah told Steinmeier that “we do believe in a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the capital for the Palestinians.”

Steinmeier is visiting Jordan and Lebanon.