Amman meeting launches new political track for Syrian crisis

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AMMAN — In a breakthrough development, the Amman meeting on Syria hosted by Jordan launched a new political track to resolve the Syrian crisis with an Arab leadership role. The meeting called for by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi was attended by the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. اضافة اعلان

It served as a starting point for a series of steps that include Syria's return to the Arab League at the upcoming Arab summit in Saudi Arabia, Al-Ghad reported.

Breaking the deadlockThe statement issued on behalf of all the participating countries after the meeting represented a roadmap for resolving the Syrian crisis.

The roadmap starts with humanitarian issues, which the Syrian government should not hesitate to implement. The statement provides a comprehensive and gradual methodology that addresses all aspects of the crisis and its repercussions.

The meeting has established the foundations for a comprehensive direct Arab-Syrian dialogue.

However, the impact of Syria's return to the Arab League will be limited if Syria does not implement the steps in the Amman statement and does not follow up on the path of achieving national reconciliation as agreed upon by the Arab ministers.

Gradual steps
Taking steps to address the repercussions of the humanitarian, security, and political crisis is necessary to soften the international stance, which is still strict towards Syria.

The Jordanian initiative, discussed in the Jeddah meeting, presented a detailed roadmap to the GCC countries, Jordan and Egypt, to adopt a step-by-step methodology, in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

The approach of the Jordan initiative and reflected by the recent statement, stresses the need to start with non-controversial steps to deal with the humanitarian side of the crisis aimed at helping the Syrian people and building confidence in a way that gradually leads to addressing the security and political aspects.

These early steps focus on measures to deliver humanitarian aid to all Syrians in need in all areas and in accordance with Security Council resolutions.

Confronting drug smuggling and promoting voluntary repatriation
The Amman statement also focused on the importance of confronting drug smuggling across the borders of Syria with Jordan and Iraq through specific steps that include the formation of two political and security working groups within a month to agree on the necessary measures to confront this danger.

Creating conditions to ensure the voluntary repatriation of refugees is also a priority for Jordan, which hosts about 1.3 million Syrian refugees.

The Jordanian initiative includes a pilot project for the voluntary return of about 1,000 refugees in cooperation with the UN.

Mobilizing support
The Amman meeting provides an important opportunity for the Syrian government to start a new phase in efforts to resolve the crisis, in cooperation with Arab countries willing to help it.

Diplomatic sources and analysts confirm that the many contacts made by Safadi with his regional and international counterparts after the Amman meeting show that Jordan is moving immediately to mobilize support for the new Arab track and its method to solve a crisis that has caused catastrophic repercussions for Syria and its people, the region and the world.

Diplomatic sources confirmed that the Arab countries in the meeting will launch intensive efforts to support the new course and mobilize international support to resolve the crisis. However, according to Western diplomatic sources, this will not happen if the international community does not take practical steps to implement the consensus of the Amman statement.

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