Jordan to take part in UNESCO meeting in Jerusalem on excavations
( dpa )- Jordanian experts will take part in a UNESCO- sponsored meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday to evaluate an Israeli plan to build a bridge leading to the al- Magharebah gate near the city's al- Aqsa Mosque, Jordan's Information Minister Nasser Judeh said Friday. "Jordan's participation in the meeting has the aim of reasserting the country's attitude that considers al- Magharebah gate an integral part of the al- Aqsa Mosque compound, an area which is under the exclusive responsibility of the Jordanian Religious Endowments Department," Judeh said. Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 six-day war along with the rest of the West Bank. However, under the peace treaty which Jordan concluded with Israel in 1994, the Jewish state acknowledged the Hashmite Kingdom's right to look after the Islamic and Christian holy shrines in East Jerusalem. Jordan has repeatedly considered Israeli excavations near the al- Aqsa Mosque as violations of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.