FM, Japanese counterpart discuss Mideast issues

Amman, Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman al-Safadi and Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Wednesday discussed a number of Middle East issues, namely the Palestinian cause, Syria and the war on terrorism.

The two ministers discussed the implications of the U.S. administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel and relocate the U.S. embassy to the holy city. In this context, Al-Safadi renewed Jordan’s position that the decision was a violation of international legitimacy resolutions, which clearly state that East Jerusalem is an occupied territory and that Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be decided through direct negotiations and according to relevant international resolutions.

The minister emphasized the need to implement international resolutions which consider any unilateral actions aimed at changing the current legal and historical status or imposing new facts on the ground in the holy city null and void.

Al-Safadi updated his Japanese counterpart on efforts Jordan continues to exert to protect Muslim and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem and to preserve the legal and historical status in the holy shrines.

He also referred to His Majesty King Abdullah II’s, the Custodian over Jerusalem’s Holy Sites, affirmation that Muslims and Christians have an eternal right in Jerusalem.

Al-Safadi called for a concerted international effort to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital on pre-June 1967 lines, as the only way to achieve peace in the region.

The foreign minister said the international community must recognize an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital on pre-June 1967 lines.

The Japanese minister hailed His Majesty King Abdullah II’s and Jordan’s key role pursuing peace, security and stability in the region and promoting a culture of peace and respect for the other.

Source: Jordan News Agency