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US is strategic, key partner for Jordan – FM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi said that the US is a key partner for the Kingdom and has an important role in resolving crises and achieving security and stability in the Middle East region, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

He noted that the US president visit to the region is an opportunity for a sincere dialogue about what can be done jointly to achieve it.

Safadi, in an interview with Asharq News on Thursday, stressed the importance of US President Joe Biden's visit to the region.

Responding to a question about Arab coordination, Safadi said, "We all want this summit to be a space for discussion on how to serve our common interests. So we hope that this summit will achieve something in this direction. And as I said, it is a dialogue between brothers and a major partner."

Commenting on the Palestinian cause, Safadi said, "For Jordan, it is the central issue, and so is the case for our Arab brothers," adding that "Israel is now in a transitional phase, so we don't expect a breakthrough in terms of returning to negotiations now."

Safadi also said that the US, under the Biden administration, has positive stances toward the two-state solution, rejecting the unilateral Israeli actions, respecting the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem, and the importance of the Hashemite Custodian in this regard.

Safadi said, "In the bilateral issues, there is a great cooperation, and the US is the biggest supporter of the Kingdom, and this support is essential in our efforts, not only to achieve economic development but also to address the repercussions of regional crises."

On Iran, Safadi said, "Jordan and all Arab countries want good ties with Iran based on mutual respect, non-intervention in domestic affairs and the principle of good neighbor policy, adding that the region has enough crises and we do not need more tension."

On Syria, he said, "There is an unhealthy situation on the border with Syria. There is an organized drug trafficking."

He added, "We are protecting our interest and our borders, our armed forces and our security services play this role, and politically we communicate with everyone to solve any problems."

Commenting on an Arab NATO, Safadi stressed, "His Majesty was asked about the possibilities of dealing with something similar to NATO in the region, NATO not as an extension of the existing alliance between the Atlantic countries now, but as a model that can be built upon. 

Historically, Jordan has always called for building joint Arab action systems that would help us face common challenges. Arab defense agreements have existed since the fifties but have not been activated."

Responding to a question, Safadi said, "Jordan is always able to do what serves its interests, what protects its interests, what contributes to strengthening security and stability in our region, in a way that protects our interests and Arab issues."

Commenting on cooperation projects with Iraq and Egypt, Safadi said, "Jordan enjoys good relations with all Arab countries, and all Arab countries are looking at how to find wider spaces for cooperation."

On Jordanian-Saudi ties, Safadi stressed, "The two kingdoms have historical and strategic ties, and a common awareness of the need to work together, and with the rest of the brothers. So the cooperation is existed and continues."

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