FM, German, Italian counterparts discuss Syrian crisis

Amman, Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Ayman Safadi on Monday discussed with his German and Italian counterparts the latest developments related to the Syrian crisis.

In a phone call, Safadi and German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, agreed that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis and stressed the need to take effective steps to support the Geneva process to end the suffering of the Syrian people.

The two ministers also agreed on maintaining communication and consultation in order to give a quick and effective momentum to the efforts designed to finding a political solution to the crisis.

Safadi and Maas reviewed the outcome of the Arab summit, which was concluded yesterday in the Saudi city of Dhahran, as well as regional developments, especially those related to efforts to break the deadlock in the peace process and to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.

In another phone call with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, the foreign minister also discussed developments in Syria, especially the consequences of the airstrikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain against Syria.

Both ministers emphasized the need for concerted efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis that preserves the unity of Syria and would be accepted by the Syrian people on the basis of the 2254 UN resolution.

Safadi said Jordan condemns as “a crime against humanity” the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and underlined support for an international investigation leading to prosecution of all those found to be using chemical weapons.

The Kingdom also stresses that protecting the Syrian people and ending their suffering should be the priority of the international community in this context, Safadi added.

He noted that if the airstrikes were to be a message, the use of chemical weapons could not be tolerated as it constitutes a crime that its perpetrators must be punished. The international community must also send a message to the Syrian people that it really wants to stop their suffering by working effectively to rescue them from the disaster they are facing and reach a political solution that guarantees their security, stability and the unity of their homeland.

The two ministers stressed the need to support the Geneva process and activate it to ensure a rapid progress towards resolving the crisis.

Source: Jordan News Agency