Safadi attends UN gathering on Mideast, meets Guterres, peers

Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi addresses a UN meeting on Palestine on Thursday. (Photo: Foreign Ministry)
AMMAN — Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi on Thursday participated in a session of the UN General Assembly to discuss the escalation in the Palestinian lands and the UN efforts aimed at bringing an end to the raging confrontations.اضافة اعلان

Later in the day, Gaza armed groups and Israel announced a ceasefire, it was reported.

In his speech during the session, Safadi called on the UN to move immediately to protect its charter and resolutions, calling on the international community to stop the aggression on Gaza and reach a ceasefire. Israel, the occupying power, must stop its violations of international law and its attacks in occupied Jerusalem and its holy sites, the minister said, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Safadi said the occupation authorities have turned Jerusalem, "the city of peace, into an arena for oppression and injustice". Israel, he added, provokes through its practices the feelings of about two billion Muslims with its attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which is an exclusive place of worship for Muslims.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Safadi held a meeting with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

He stressed the need to launch an effective international drive to stop the Israeli attacks and violations in the occupied Palestinian territories, and ensure that the Palestinian restore all their legitimate rights, foremost among which is their right to freedom and an independent and sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital, within the lines of June 4, 1967, and in line with the international law and agreed on terms of reference.

Safadi also held a series of meetings and discussions with his counterparts, the foreign ministers of Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Indonesia and the Maldives, in addition to the US representative of to the United Nations and the UN Security Council.