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Safadi urges effective EU role in Mideast peace push

Ayman Al-Safadi EU meeting Lisbon
Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi speaks to reporters at a joint press conference with Portuguese counterpart, Augusto Silva, in Lisbon on Thursday. (Photo: Foreign Ministry)
AMMAN (Jordan News) — Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi on Thursday participated in the informal bi-annual meeting of the EU, held in Lisbon, where he stressed Kingdom's keenness to enhance the Jordanian-European partnership and urged the bloc to play an effective role in making peace in the region. اضافة اعلان

EU foreign ministers, High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi participated in the meeting, in which they discussed the Palestinian issue and the situation in the region, in addition to EU-Jordan relations.

During the meeting, Safadi said the Kingdom's strategy regarding the relationship with the EU is based on comprehensive cooperation in various fields, voicing appreciation for the support provided by the union to the Kingdom to help it face the challenges and consequences of regional crises such as the refugee influx.

Safadi's participation came at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal Augusto Silva, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Safadi held bilateral talks with his Portuguese counterpart, which focused on bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them.

At a joint press conference with Silva, Safadi said the EU meeting was an important opportunity for consultations between partners who believe in the importance of achieving a just peace in the Middle East as a common interest and a necessity for all.

Safadi stressed that the recent escalation in Palestine has underlined once again the centrality of the Palestinian cause and the impossibility of achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace without resolving the issue on the basis of the two-state solution. This formula, he said, should lead to an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, within the lines of June 4, 1967, one that lives in peace and security side by side with Israel in line with international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Safadi stressed the importance of the European role in the region. Historically, he said, Europe has played a key role in efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region, noting that Jordan wants this role to continue.

He emphasized the importance of a clear and effective European position in efforts to achieve peace.