FM reiterates calls for solving Palestinian cause on two-state solution

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AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi on Wednesday said the Palestinian cause remains “the first Arab central issue, the basis of conflict and instability in our region.”اضافة اعلان

Addressing the 157th regular session of the Arab League at the ministerial level in Cairo, Safadi noted the solution to the Palestinian issue is based on the two-state solution, which ends occupation and establishes an independent Palestinian state with Occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the June 4, 1967 lines, where Palestinians live in peace and security alongside Israel, is the only way to achieve a just and comprehensive peace, reported the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Safadi noted that prospects for achieving Middle East peace are “absent”, and Israeli measures that undermine the two-state solution are continuing, which requires “effective and quick action that stops Israeli illegal measures”.

The Kingdom, he noted, will continue to work with Arab countries and partners to find a “real” political horizon to resume serious and effective negotiations to advance towards a just peace, which represents a strategic Arab choice.

“Israeli settlements are a violation of international law, and practices to undermine peace should stop, as well as confiscating lands and displacing Palestinians from their homes, in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and in Silwan area in the occupied Palestinian territories,” Safadi warned.

Safadi reiterated that “Jerusalem is the key to peace, and Arab countries should work together, on a permanent and systematic basis, to protect its Arab, Islamic and Christian identity, and preserve its historic and legal status quo and its sanctity.”

Protecting Jerusalem and its holy sites is an “unwavering Jordanian priority, as His Majesty King Abdullah, the custodian over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, dedicates all the kingdom’s capabilities to fulfilling this goal,” according to Safadi.

Safadi said support to UNRWA “assists the refugees’ right to a decent life, to education and to medical treatment.” Support to the agency also affirms the refugees’ right to return to homeland and compensation, he noted, adding that UNRWA suffers from a severe financial crisis that hinders its capability to carry out its duty towards refugees in accordance with its UN mandate, hoping it will continue to receive Arab countries’ support.

Earlier, Safadi chaired the 3rd meeting of the Arab ministerial committee tasked to take action to counter illegal Israeli policies and measures in occupied Jerusalem.

The meeting preceded 157th regular session of the Arab League session, where Safadi reviewed the Kingdom’s efforts to mobilize international support to stop Israel’s “illegal and illegitimate” measures in the holy city.

Those Israeli actions aim at changing the Arab, Islamic, and Christian identity of the occupied city of Jerusalem and its legal and historic status quo, in a manner that undermines chances of the two-state solution and reaching a comprehensive and just peace in the region, said Safadi.

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