Efforts are continuous in support of Palestinians — Safadi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi said Jordan is capable of defending its interests, while its effort are continuous in supporting the Palestinians,  according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Safadi explained that “the political situation in Israel is going through a transitional phase, elections will be held in November, and we will see what the outcome is”.

Safadi asserted that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is prolonged, having spanned over decades. “As we dealt with it with firmness and clarity in the past, we will deal with it in the future,” the minister noted.

He stressed that the Palestinian issue is “central” for Jordan and “it is imperative to work for returning to real and serious negotiations towards a two-state solution”.

“But until we reach that stage, there must be a complete cessation of measures, which undermine the chances of the two-state solution, and push towards despair and the situation to explode,” Safadi added.

The minister pointed to “an immediate stage during which we can work on bringing a comprehensive calm and respecting the historical and legal situation in Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, stopping settlements, confiscating lands, and ending the displacement of Palestinians from their homes.”

In a separate development, Safadi said that a conference to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly will include a strategic dialogue on how to ensure continuous and long-term support for UNRWA, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Safadi cited a Jordanian proposal which envisions a continuous budget for at least three years, because the mandate of the UN agency which caters for Palestinian refugees is renewed every three years.

UNRWA suffers from a long-term financial deficit and a decline in support provided by several donor countries, which prompted the agency to declare that it is suffering from an “existential crisis”.

Jordan and Sweden are organizing a ministerial conference to mobilize the necessary support for UNRWA on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York this month.

“There will be a strategic dialogue at the upcoming conference on how to ensure continuous support for the agency for long-term planning and commitments every three years and not annually,” Safadi said.

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