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US role indispensable to ending Israeli aggressions — FM

Minister Ayman Safadi meets with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi meets with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias on Tuesday. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Tuesday told CNN that a US role in bringing an end to the conflict in Gaza and the rest of the Palestinian lands is “indispensable”.اضافة اعلان

“The aggression on Gaza has to stop, political horizon needs to be created, and for all of that, we need a leading role by the United States of America. Its role is indispensable,” he told the station.

The top diplomat said that as international players have undertaken efforts to end the ongoing hostilities, focus should be first on stopping the aggression, which Israel is yet to accept. Following that, a peace drive towards a just solution to the Mideast conflict should be launched.

“Now we need to focus on two things; one, stop the aggression, stop the provocations, make sure that we get to a ceasefire, make sure that we do help the people who are tremendously suffering and have endured more suffering than any people have in the world. And secondly, call the spade a spade and accept that as long as we have occupation,” there will be no peace.

“We need to focus on the root cause of all; which is occupation, which is absence of peace, which is absence of the fulfillment of the rights of the Palestinian people,” Safadi added.

“What is important now is to get everybody agreeing to a ceasefire principle. Then, the elements of a longer-term truce will have to be discussed. But we do not have and should not be negotiating the terms of a truce while people are being killed. Let the hostilities stop. The details will be worked out later.”

Also on Tuesday, Safadi met in Amman with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, with the recent events in the occupied Palestinian territories and the efforts made to push for an international action to stop the Israeli attacks and violations in Jerusalem topping the agenda of the talks.

The two ministers agreed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution to achieve peace and resolve the Mideast conflict.

Safadi added that ending the escalation requires an end to the aggression on Gaza and violations in the West Bank and in the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

Safadi and his Greek counterpart agreed to step up coordination and cooperation and work to develop relations in various fields bilaterally and within the framework of the tripartite coordination mechanism with Cyprus and in the context of the partnership between the Kingdom and the EU.

In a related development, Safadi discussed over the phone with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok efforts to stop the dangerous escalation in Jerusalem, Gaza and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Safadi and his Kuwaiti counterpart Shiekh Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah also stressed on Tuesday the need to stop the “dangerous escalation” in the occupied Palestinian territories, the aggression against Gaza, and the Israeli illegal measures.

In a telephone conversation, the two ministers warned of the serious implications of Israeli practices on the security and stability of the region. The two ministers agreed to maintain communication and joint work in order to support Palestinians in reaching all their legitimate rights.


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