Custodianship ‘crucial’ to preserve Jerusalem’s holy sites ­— Borrell

HM King Borrell
His Majesty King Abdullah II receives Vice President of the European Commission, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on May 2, following the council’s 14th meeting in the Dead Sea region. (Photo: Royal Court)
AMMAN — EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice President Josep Borrell stressed the importance of the Hashemite custodianship over Jerusalem’s Islamic and Christian holy sites and its “remarkable” role in preserving these sanctities.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on Saturday, he noted that Jordan is a “major” factor “to stabilize the region’s situation”, and plays an “important” role, which is appreciated and supported by the EU to bring regional peace and stability.

In this regard, Borrell referred to the continuous coordination, talks, and meetings between the two sides for this purpose.

In 2002, he said the EU and Jordan signed an association agreement, and the Kingdom was the first Mediterranean partner country to conclude technical negotiations, which led to Amman gaining an “advanced status” with the EU in 2010.

On the economic front, Borrell said the EU is Jordan’s “largest” trading partner, accounting for 14.7 percent of its trade in 2020, adding that 20.6 percent of Jordan’s imports came from the bloc, and 2.1 percent of Jordan’s exports went to the EU markets.

In 2020 the total trade in goods between Jordan and the EU amounted to 3.4 billion euros.

Jordan and the EU have a “strong” mutual partnership, and the Kingdom is the first country in the bloc’s southern neighborhood to sign the new partnership priorities, he added.

He also referred to talks held at the Dead Sea last Thursday, which reflected the “distinguished relations, solid partnership, and ongoing friendship between the two sides.”

Highlighting the partnership priorities with Jordan for the coming years, he said its pillars are based on key sectors of regional stability and security, including combating terrorism and achieving economic stability , which are important for achieving political stability, strengthening and promoting good governance, democratic reforms, and human rights.

The EU, he noted, will support the partnership priorities, regional cooperation and renewable energy development, energy efficiency and water resource management, including support to pump water from the Red Sea to Amman in an innovative project within the European Investment Plan.

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