Safadi holds talks with peers on the sideline of UN meeting

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Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi holds talks with Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the UN in New York on September 23. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi held a series of meetings with a number of his counterparts and officials participating in the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. اضافة اعلان

According to a ministry statement, Safadi discussed with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice President Josep Borrell the outcomes of the 14th meeting Jordan had with the EU Council last June, as well as a wide range of Middle East issues, foremost among them the Palestinian cause, the Syrian crisis, and refugee issues.

Safadi also discussed with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov efforts to resolve the Ukrainian crisis and address its consequences, and measures taken to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and halt its catastrophic repercussions.

The two diplomats also discussed challenges facing Jordan as a result of hosting 1.3 million Syrian refugees, and the challenge of drug trafficking.

Talks between Safadi and Lavrov tackled steps to be taken to stabilize the situation in southern Syria, namely, the UN Security Council Resolution 2642 related to the mechanism of aid delivery to Syria across the borders.

The two ministers also discussed developments related to the Palestinian cause, and efforts to return to serious and effective negotiations to achieve a just and comprehensive peace on the basis of the two-state solution, and stop the illegal Israeli measures.

Safadi, along with Arab foreign ministers of the Arab Communication Group on the Ukrainian crisis, held talks with Lavrov, focusing on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in accordance with international law and the UN Charter, the statement said.

In talks with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the latter stressed that Tehran is not against enhancing relation’s with Jordan, according to a local media outlet, while Safadi said that the Islamic world is witnessing challenges that should be solved through dialogue among the region’s countries to serve Muslims and enhance governments’ ties.

Safadi also said that the Jordanian government wishes to boost ties with Islamic countries in the region, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The two sides stressed the importance of dialogue and regional cooperation.

Safadi’s talks with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad focused on efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis that preserves Syria’s unity and sovereignty, restores its security, stability, and role in the region, puts an end to terrorism, and creates an environment that encourages the voluntary return of refugees to their homeland, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Safadi stressed that it is important to intensify efforts to end the Syrian crisis and deal with its consequences, pointing out the Arab countries’ role in this regard.

The two ministers discussed cooperation between Syria and Jordan that serves the two countries’ interests, focusing on border security, drug smuggling, water, food security, and the refugee files, among others.

Safadi also held talks with Counselor of the US Department of State Derek Chollet, focusing on the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Safadi discussed with his Dutch counterpart, Wopke Hoekstra, ways to develop bilateral cooperation in various fields, and within the framework of partnership with the EU, in addition to regional and international developments, and efforts to resolve crises, the statement said.

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