Jordan, EU co-chair UfM 7th regional forum

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AMMAN— Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, and High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and SecurityPolicy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, on Thursday co-chaired the the 7th Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Forum, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel Albares hosted the meeting in the presence of foreign ministers, representatives of EU member states, EU officials, and representatives of concerned regional organizations and institutions financing the EU's projects in the Mediterranean region.

"Barcelona brings us together again, in our seventh regional forum, twenty-seven years after the launch of its promise to build a safe and stable Mediterranean neighborhood, where people, initiatives, ideas, projects and goods move between its two shores, in an integrated effort, to build a better future for all our peoples," Safadi said in his opening remarks.

"Barcelona's promise has not been fulfilled, but it is needed more today than ever before, as crises on both sides of the Mediterranean are exacerbating, and challenges are growing," he added.

He further added that a just, comprehensive and lasting peace is farther today than it was at the time of that promise, with the continued absence of prospects for the end of the Israeli occupation, and the systematic undermining of the two-state solution, which is an indispensable way to end the conflict, and this absence leads to violence that drag the region towards more conflict.

He pointed out that generations have been lost, and others are living the scourge of wars and conflicts, the loss of opportunities and the retreat of hope in the southern Mediterranean, and there are millions who have been displaced from their homes, so seeking asylum and migration have become two new fronts in which interests, principles, hope and despair clash.

"Climate change is a threat to our future that we see in the summer changes in the northern Mediterranean and the winter in the south, and warns the world of catastrophic consequences if practices that cause it are not stopped," Safadi said.

He noted that Food and energy security are two necessities. The Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukrainian crisis have shattered all expectations that there would be mechanisms to guarantee them and protect people, even in Europe, from the consequences of their absence.

"The UfM has provided a lot since its launch in 2008, and it can and should do more now, in light of the urgent need for our joint action against common challenges," Safadi added.

"The UfM Secretariat is continuing its sectoral projects and we value its efforts, and we stress the need to provide support to it and the the Anna Lindh Foundation is a platform and catalyst for youth interaction and building bridges of cultural communication," He pointed out.

"We hope that we, the UfM members, will bring more momentum to it, and develop our work tools, launch initiatives, and provide resources in a collective effort to solve crises, address their consequences, and stress stances on on solid principles that protect our global system, its security, and stability, and that our neighbor countries need in order to enjoy security and peace, and to produce and prosper," Safadi added.

He said: "In Palestine and Ukraine, international law and the Charter of the United Nations must be respected, and we must speak clearly and move effectively to guarantee the absolute human right to freedom, sovereignty, and a dignified and secure life for every people deprived of it wherever they are, and the policy of crisis management or coexistence in Syria without effective work on resolving it will not stop the deterioration towards the worst, the cost of which we all pay."

He stressed that facing the challenge of asylum and migration begins with resolving the crises that produce it. "Refugees are victims of conflicts that our international community did not succeed in preventing or resolving. They should not also become victims of the failure of the international community to take care of them. They are not the responsibility of host countries only, but also the responsibility of international community, and meeting their needs in the south of the Mediterranean limits the flow of migration to the north."

The climate challenge can only be faced with an integrated coordinated effort, Safadi said, noting that achieving food and energy security requires real cooperation that protects the poorest in resources and those most vulnerable to price fluctuations and supply chain faltering.
"In our union, we can formulate common efforts and positions to achieve peace, protect the environment, empower women, provide jobs for youth, combat extremism, promote a culture of dialogue, support development, and emphasize the universality of human values and principles, and all parties must commitment to these efforts," Safadi emphasized.

"What brings us together is more than what separates us, and despite the magnitude of challenges, there are political, economic, humanitarian and environmental spaces for cooperation that make a tangible difference and produce a common benefit, and Jordan will continue expanding these spaces.

 It will remain a force for peace, aiming for deeper cooperation and broader coordination between the countries of the south and north of the Mediterranean, turning our unified Mediterranean region into a neighborhood of peace and achievement where security and stability prevail, not tension and conflict, and hope and prosperity, not despair and deprivation," Safadi underscored.

The foreign minister also attended a joint press conference wit High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel Albares, and the UfM Secretary General, Nasser Kamel.

In the press conference, Safadi underlined the importance of the collective action to address challenges and create opportunities in two shores of the Mediterranean.

Safadi stressed the importance of translating awareness of the interdependence of the two shores of the Mediterranean and the reflection of events in either of them on the other, as collective action that faces challenges and creates opportunities.

He added that achieving security, stability and resolving crises in the southern Mediterranean is necessary to achieve prosperity and protect the interests of the Mediterranean neighborhood.

He also warned of the danger of the continued absence of prospects for achieving a just peace based on the two-state solution, which embodies the independent Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders, with occupied Jerusalem as its capital, to live in security and peace alongside Israel.

Safadi said that the current situation cannot continue and that it will inevitably lead to an outbreak of violence that will be reflected in the entire Mediterranean neighborhood.

He stressed that dealing with migration is not by closing the borders, but rather by addressing the crises that displace people from their homes and bridging the economic gap between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

Responding to a question, Safadi said, "Qatar has achieved remarkable success in organizing a unique World Cup tournament that has brought joy to the hearts of millions."

"Qatar is the first Arab country to organize the World Cup, which is a source of pride for all of us," Safadi said.

He called for respecting differences and recognize pros, which are much more than cons that are being focused on, which sends the wrong message.

He added that Qatar does not claim perfection, and no one is perfect, but it does everything in its power to bring about progress and development.

In addition, Safadi participated in the European Union-Southern Neighbourhood Fourth Ministerial Meeting which was held in Barcelona in the framework of the "EU policy document towards the southern neighborhood", in the presence of foreign ministers and officials from the European Union and the southern neighboring countries.

In the meeting, Safadi lauded the strategic partnership between Jordan the EU and its effectiveness in dealing with challenges and threats facing the Mediterranean basin.

Safadi expressed appreciation for the signing of the Partnership Priorities Document between the EU and Jordan and for the next five years, during the 14th meeting of the Jordan-European Partnership Council, which was held outside the EU institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg, and hosted by the Jordan in June.

The foreign minister briefed the form on the comprehensive economic reforms launched by Jordan, and pointed out to the wide areas of investment in many sectors, including his human resouces, energy, agriculture and digital technology.

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