Jordan, Yemen talk ties, region

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi (right) holds talks with his Yemeni counterpart in Amman. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed bin Mubarak discussed bilateral ties and regional issues, especially the Palestinian cause, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Safadi said Jordan welcomed the ceasefire that ended Israel’s military assault in the Gaza Strip and warned against the consequences of the continued absence of negotiations.

He condemned the Israeli violations in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and called for international efforts to bring peace based on the two-state solution.

During the meeting, the two officials also discussed efforts to reach a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis and restore security and stability in the embattled country.

Safadi noted that Jordan is “proud” of its relations with Yemen, adding that Jordan supports Yemen and is keen to strengthen its stability.

He said Jordan welcomes the announcement of extending the ceasefire in Yemen for two months. He said that Jordan supports UN efforts to resolve the Yemeni crisis, emphasizing its continued support to the Amman-based UN mission for Yemen.

He highlighted the importance of more work to reach a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis and guarantee its territorial integrity.

Bin Mubarak praised Jordan’s role in establishing security and stability in the region, lauding Jordan’s support for the Yemeni people.

Safadi and bin Mubarak signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen bilateral relations and establish a political consultation mechanism between the ministries of foreign affairs in the two countries.

In joint statements to the press, Safadi stressed that “the relations between the Kingdom and Yemen are historical fraternal relations, and there is continuous cooperation to serve the common interest of the two fraternal countries.”

He said the “Yemeni disaster has caused a lot of suffering. We believe that there is no alternative to a political solution.”

Safadi noted that the discussions focused on the necessity of countering terrorist attacks that target GCC member states.

“As we always reiterate, and as His Majesty, (King Abdullah), has always emphasized, the security and stability of the Gulf is part of our own. We stand with our brothers in any action they take to protect their interests,” he added.

Regarding the issue of the FSO Safer, Safadi said, “The Safer is an environmental disaster waiting to happen, and therefore efforts must be intensified more practically and effectively to avoid this disaster.”

Safadi highlighted that Jordan has taken in 7,000 Yemeni citizens since the signing of the armistice, adding that Jordan provides political and humanitarian support to Yemen.

On the Gaza flare-up, Safadi said the ceasefire ended the Israeli military campaign in Gaza, lauding Egypt’s part in that effort.

Safadi praised Qatar and the US for their role in stopping the hostilities and restoring security and calm to Gaza. “This aggression came as a reflection of a situation that cannot continue.”

“Every year and every month, we find ourselves facing a new outbreak of violence,” he said. “This is due to the absence of a basic solution, which is the two-state solution that embodies the independent Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the lines of June 4, 1967, as the only way to resolve the conflict.”

“What we repeatedly condemn is the continuation of violations of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, or the Al-Haram Al-Sharif, and we stress the need to respect the existing historical and legal situation,” he pointed out.

Mubarak also held a separate meeting with Lower House Speaker Abdul Karim Al-Dughmi, who called for consolidating the ceasefire in Yemen to achieve reconciliation in line with UN resolutions.

The ceasefire should also take into consideration the Yemeni dialogue principles, the Gulf Initiative, and bring about security and stability in the war-torn country, Dughmi added. He called for opening safe corridors for humanitarian aid and lifting the siege on Yemeni cities, stressing the importance of Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue hosted by Jordan.

For his part, bin Mubarak commended the “distinguished and historic” relations between Yemen and Jordan, expressing his appreciation for the Kingdom’s political support in regional and international forums.

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