FM, Egyptian counterpart discuss ties, regional developments

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry held a meeting Sunday in Amman for a discussion on bilateral ties, regional developments and means of promoting the Jordanian-Egyptian interests.


The meeting emphasized the continuation of deliberation on different regional challenges and efforts exerted in settling regional crises, chief of which is preventing Israel from annexing large parts in the occupied West Bank.


The top diplomats highlighted the continued joint effort to crystalize an effective international consensus that would stop Israel from following through on its annexation plans and bring the parties to the negotiating table.


Safadi and Shoukry underlined the time-honored solidarity between Jordan and Egypt in facing mutual challenges.


Safadi highlighted the continued effort exerted to bolster cooperation between Jordan, Egypt and Iraq “as part of the trilateral ties between the Kingdom, the fraternal Arab Republic of Egypt and the fraternal Arab Republic of Iraq to boost cooperation against the backdrop of this trilateral mechanism that the leaders wished it would be a means to enhance cooperation and serve our Arab causes …” He pointed out that preparations to hold a meeting at the leaders level are underway.


“We discussed the issue of the Renaissance Dam. We value the fraternal Arab Republic of Egypt’s reasonable position with regard to not taking any unilateral decisions and reaching a deal that ensures the rights of all parties, including not taking unilateral decisions to fill the dam. We hope that the continued discussion will lead to an agreement on the bases of the international law that would guarantee the rights of all parties,” Safadi said.


He added “Egypt’s water security is part of the Arab strategic peace, which we all hold on to.”


Also discussed was the developments in Libya as Safadi said “all of us are concerned about the trajectory of things. The regionalization of the Libyan crisis would make things harder and more complex, subsequently, we support all effort exerted in reaching a political solution that would ensure Libya’s unity and territorial integrity, as well as stand in the way of turning Libya into an arena for regional conflicts.”


On the Syrian crisis, Safadi emphasized that Jordan and Egypt see eye to eye on the issue, adding “the catastrophe in Syria must be brought to an end. We need to work together to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people. The way to doing this is in finding a political solution that would keeping Syria’s unity and territorial integrity; and restore its peace, stability and role, in addition to create the circumstances that would allow for the voluntary return of refugees.”


In turn, Shoukry said “The legitimate rights of the Palestinian people are acknowledged and we are working strenuously both in Jordan and Egypt, and in coordination with the Arab brothers and in the framework of the Arab League to safeguard these rights and work on moving forward toward establishing a Palestinian state.”


Source: Jordan News Agency

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