FM affirms Jordan’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia, support for Lebanon and Iraq

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi (left) and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on the sidelines of the Doha Forum. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi on Saturday reaffirmed that Jordan stands with Saudi Arabia in the face of Houthi terrorist attacks targeting Saudi energy facilities, security and stability.اضافة اعلان

During a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on the sidelines of the Doha Forum, Safadi reiterated Jordan’s condemnation of the Houthi attacks Friday on Saudi oil facilities, which caused a fire at one of oil giant Aramco’s petroleum distribution stations in Jeddah, according to the jordan news agency, Petra.

“Jordan stands with the Saudi brothers in any step they take to protect their security and interests,” Safadi told his Saudi counterpart.

During the meeting, Safadi and Prince Faisal discussed ways to strengthen the strategic brotherly relations, and stressed their keenness to develop cooperation in various fields.

The ministers said the two Kingdoms firmly stand together in the face of challenges and continue to work to increase bilateral cooperation and coordination to solve regional crises and achieve security and stability.

Safadi and Prince Faisal discussed a number of regional and international topics, top of which the Palestinian cause, countering Houthi terrorism, efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni and Syrian crises, and the conflict in Ukraine and its repercussions on the region and the world, especially regarding energy and food security.

The two officials agreed to continue coordination on various regional issues.

Safadi also met on Saturday with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

During the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the Doha Forum, Safadi reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support of “brotherly Lebanon in its efforts to overcome the crisis it is facing.”

Mikati valued the Kingdom’s efforts led by His Majesty King Abdullah in support of Lebanon’s stability, security, sovereignty and national institutions.

The meeting tackled bilateral relations in various fields, including projects to supply electricity to Lebanon from Jordan across Syria and Egyptian gas to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria.

Safadi welcomed the Lebanese prime minister’s statement on his country’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and the “positive Saudi response to it”, noting the importance of a Kuwaiti initiative to end the rift between the GCC and Lebanon.

He expressed hope that Lebanese-GCC relations will return to normal to boost Arab solidarity and Arab causes and enhance support for Lebanon.

Mikati and Safadi discussed a number of regional and international issues of common interest.

Safadi on Saturday reiterated Jordan’s firm support of Iraq’s security and stability and the need to enhance relations with Baghdad.

In a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on the sidelines of the Doha Forum, Safadi stressed that Iraq’s security is a key pillar of the security and stability of the region.

Supporting Iraq and cementing relations with it is a Jordanian priority under the guidance of His Majesty King Abdullah II, he said, pointing to the outcomes of summits between the King and the Iraqi leadership, which “took relations to wider scopes of cooperation that are in the interest of the two brotherly countries.”

Hussein said Iraq appreciated the Kingdom’s support. The meeting also tackled ways to bolster relations at the bilateral level and within the context of tripartite cooperation with Egypt.

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