‘No plans to visit Syria’ says FM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi. (Photo: Jordan News)
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi on Friday contended that he does not have any plans to visit Syria in the near future, indicating that Syria’s return to the Arab League is a decision to be made by all the league’s member states.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with France24, Safadi added that “there is consensus that there must a political solution in Syria, which we will discuss and coordinate with our partners”. 

He added that “there must be an end to this crisis, and there is an agreed-upon reference regarding the political solution in Syria, which is UN Security Council Resolution 2254”. 

“Jordan is working to create an active solution to the Syrian crisis, which led to many disasters for the Syrian people and the whole region,” Safadi stressed adding that “what the whole world needs is to find a political solution to end this struggle and maintain Syria’s unity and solidarity. ...”

Jordan has been among the most impacted countries by the Syrian crisis, and hosts around 1.3 million refugees. Trade has been disrupted between Jordan and Syria, and the Kingdom has had to undertake counterterrorism operations on the borders, which is still ongoing, according to Safadi. The minister also pointed to the threat of drug trafficking as an additional issue facing the country. 

The minister added that “there must be cooperation to achieve stability in Syria, which in the end will serve Jordan’s interests.”

“The refugees are not returning, and we are enduring this responsibility by providing our best to our Syrian brothers. ... The UN aid started to decrease and there is an alarming decrease in the international support (for the) refugees’ cause,” Safadi continued. 

He stressed that the refugees are “not only the responsibility of the host countries. Rather, it’s the international community’s responsibility.”

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