Jordan to partake in 'consultative' meeting in Saudi

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AMMAN — Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Al-Safadi is set to attend a ministerial "consultative" meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, where Jordan will be pushing a joint Arab peace plan to end the Syrian conflict. اضافة اعلان

The meeting, which will include GCC member countries, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt, is intended to discuss Syria’s readmission to the Arab League, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Joint Arab group
Before the meeting, Jordan announced that it would push for a joint Arab group to engage the Syrian government on a detailed plan to end the conflict, according to Reuters.

An official, who requested anonymity, told Reuters that the proposed roadmap would address all key issues and offer a detailed plan for solving the crisis.

The official added that the goal was for Syria to restore its role in the region and rejoin the Arab League.

Previous meetings
In February, Safadi raised the peace plan with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad during his visit to Damascus, the first such visit by a senior Jordanian official since the Syrian conflict began.

Abu Dhabi and Oman have also recently received Assad as normalization gathered momentum elsewhere in the region following a devastating quake that hit Turkey and Syria.

The consultative meeting in Jeddah comes two days after Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Mekdad visited Saudi Arabia and met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah.

The visit marked the first time a senior Syrian diplomat has been to the kingdom in over a decade. In a joint statement following the meeting, Saudi Arabia and Syria announced that they were moving towards reopening embassies in their respective capitals and resuming flights between the two countries for the first time in over a decade.

Saudi Arabia's invitation to Assad
Reuters had reported in early April that Saudi Arabia is considering extending an invitation to Assad to attend the upcoming Arab Summit, which Saudi Arabia will host in Riyadh on 19 May.

Syria was suspended from the Arab League in response to Assad’s brutal crackdown on protests.

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