Lawmakers, Russian envoy discuss Syria and Palestine

(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN –– Head of the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee Khaldoun Hina said Tuesday that Jordan is keen on seeing tranquility in southern Syria, which guarantees "a solid ground" for future cooperation between the two countries, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

During a meeting with Russian ambassador Gleb Desyatnikov, Hina said the electricity and gas supply lines to Lebanon, which run across Syrian territory, may constitute the beginning of the restoration of security and stability on Syrian soil.

He stressed Russia's key role in ridding southern Syria of terrorist groups and called for a crackdown on smugglers close to the Jordanian border.

Hina said that any breakdown on the Jordanian-Syrian border could heat up the situation and create more chaos that will affect all parties, and that this might be the case if terrorist organizations are allowed to return to south Syria.

The lawmakers present at the meeting highlighted the key role Russia plays in the Middle East, and stressed the need to find a solution to the Palestinian issue.

Desyatnikov said that Moscow recognizes the Hashemite custodianship of Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, and supports finding a solution to the Palestinian issue within international legitimacy resolutions.

He also said that Russia values Jordan's position advocating for security and stability in Syria and the region at large, adding that "we will cooperate and work with Jordan to restore Syria's security and stability, especially in the south of the country".

The Russian envoy also presented condolences to the Jordanian people for the recent killing of Jordanian border guards during clashes with drug smugglers.

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