FM meets Chinese envoy Jun over relaunching Middle East peace process, cooperation

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AMMAN -The continued absence of a political horizon to resume serious and effective negotiations to resolve the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution poses a threat to regional and international security, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, on Thursday said, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Safadi also called on all parties to orchestrate efforts to address the Middle East stalemate by reviving the peace process.

Speaking at a meeting with the Special Envoy of the Chinese Government on the Middle East Issue, Zhai Jun, Safadi noted there is no alternative to the two-state solution that establishes the independent, sovereign Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the June 4, 1967 lines to live in security and peace alongside Israel as the only way to achieve a just and comprehensive peace.

Safadi and the Chinese envoy discussed regional and international efforts to find the necessary political horizon to maintain the comprehensive calm and help the Palestinian economy, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Safadi briefed Jun on the efforts made by the Kingdom to relaunch peaceful negotiations on the basis of international law and the approved references.

Safadi stressed the need to respect Jerusalem's legal and historic status quo and its sanctities, avoid imposing restrictions on worshipers, and stop all provocative measures in the holy sites, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Safadi also stressed the need to continue providing the necessary support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and to ensure the protection of the agency's ability to provide its vital services to refugees in accordance with its UN mandate.

Valuing China's support for the two-state solution and UNRWA, Safadi noted the Chinese President's initiative on the Palestinian cause is in line with the foundations of the peace process, especially with regard to the land-for-peace basis.

The two sides also discussed developments related to the Syrian crisis and efforts to reach a political solution to it, and reviewed regional and international developments of common interest, the statement added.

For his part, Jun affirmed his country's position in support of the peace process and efforts to activate it on the basis of the two-state solution.

Jun valued Jordan's "main" role in efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace, security and stability in the region, stressing the importance of the role of the Hashemite custodianship over Jerusalem's holy sites and the need to respect the historic situation in the holy city.

The Chinese envoy stressed his country's keenness to continue coordination with the Kingdom in efforts to activate the peace process and resolve regional crises.

Safadi and Jun discussed bilateral relations and ways to develop them in various fields, in a manner that serves common interests and stressed their keenness to find wider horizons for cooperation.

Safadi stressed Jordan's support for the one-China principle, as this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom and China.

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