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Jordan, EU co-chair union for the Mediterranean regional forum

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42 foreign ministers participate in the sixth regional forum of the Union for the Mediterranean led by Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s minister of Foreign Affairs and the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. (Photo: Spain MFA Twitter account)
AMMAN — Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs and EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy on Monday co-chaired the sixth regional forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The forum, which was held in Barcelona, Spain, saw the participation of 42 foreign ministers of the UfM member states and EU officials, and representatives of regional organizations.

Ayman Safadi, the foreign affairs minister, said the forum emphasizes Jordan’s belief in it as a platform of "dialogue and cooperation," adding that since its creation in 2008, the sense of union between the two banks of the Mediterranean has grown stronger.

He said there should be more cooperation between the UfM member states to realize economic development, empower women and youth, counter climate change, and bridge the development gap between member states.

Safadi said that to achieve development, conflict in the region must be addressed to bring about stability and peace, stressing that there should be concerted efforts to secure detente necessary to tackle regional crises.

"Realizing fair peace that would be acceptable to all peoples is a prerequisite for regional security and stability. Occupation and peace do not go together,” said Safadi.

Adding that: “A Palestinian child wants a safe home, a school, a playground and then a university, and he wants a job opportunity in a free, independent, and sovereign homeland on its national soil. This is his right as it is the right of every child in the region and the world.”

He emphasized that the two-state solution is the way to peace, adding that undermining the two-state solution is a threat to the region.

Regarding Syria, Safadi highlighted the destruction in Syria brought by war, adding there should be more efforts to bring an end to the crisis through diplomacy and politics to preserve the country's territorial integrity.

He said that Jordan has been grappling with the challenges of hosting and providing care for more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees amidst dwindling international support for host countries, warning against what could transpire as a result.

He said that refugees would not risk their lives by crossing the Mediterranean if offered decent living conditions.

He thanked Sweden for co-organizing the International Ministerial Summit to Support UNRWA, warning also of the dwindling support for the UN agency that puts more than 560,000 Palestinian refugees in school.

On Libya, Safadi expressed Jordan's support for the country's elections scheduled for December.

He also said there should be work to prevent crises before reaching the "point of no return.” Safadi also added that Lebanon should be supported before "slipping deeper into neediness and the absence of horizon."

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