Arabs must work collectively to face challenges — Safadi

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AMMAN — Jordan’s top government diplomat called for institutional cooperation among Arabs to jointly face common challenges, such as security, food and water availability, and job creation.اضافة اعلان

Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi told the Saudi Asharq News on July 14 that Jordan and other Arabs want cordial relations with Iran.

“Do we, as an Arab region, need new institutional cooperation mechanisms to help us face our challenges?” the minister asked.

“Certainly, any proposal and any effort that contributes to strengthening joint Arab action to serve common Arab interests is something we support and something we have always called for,” Safadi said.

He explained that “when we talk about cooperation in this field, we are not only talking about security challenges,” he said.

“There are food security, water security, economic challenges, and challenges of creating job opportunities for youth in the region,” he said.

“All these challenges, if we deal with them collectively, if we strengthen integration between us, we will be more able to confront them and achieve what we all strive for, which is the best for our peoples and for security, stability, prosperity, and achievement in our region,” he added.

He explained His Majesty King Abdullah’s stance when he was asked about the possibilities of dealing with something similar to the NATO in the region as a model that can be built upon.

“Historically, Jordan has always called for building joint Arab action systems that help us in facing common challenges. Arab defense agreements have existed since the 1950s, but they have not been activated,” he said.

Safadi also touched on relations with Iran and the situation in southern Syria, noting that Jordan and other Arab countries want “healthy” relations with Tehran.

“Jordan and all Arab countries confirm that they want healthy relations with Iran based on mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs, good-neighborly relations, and dialogue,” he said.

The minister explained this was the “best way to address any existing tensions”.

He added that the region has “enough crises and we do not need more tension, and there must be real treatments for the causes of tension in order to reach the healthy relations that we all want with Iran.”

Commenting on Syria, Safadi said that the situation on the border with Syria is “unhealthy”.

He pointed out that there are “systematic drug smuggling operations, and there is a need for approaches that establish security and stability in southern Syria”.

“Therefore, we are doing what we must do, which is protecting our interests and protecting our borders, our Armed Forces and our security services are playing this role, and politically we communicate with everyone in order to solve any problems.”

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