FM: Ministerial delegation to meet Mogherini on Mideast peacemaking efforts

Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi, Thursday, said that an Arab ministerial delegation tasked with communicating with the international community to contain U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, will meet EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU foreign ministers later this month.

In a joint press conference with his Palestinian counterpart, Riad Malki, Djibouti’s foreign minister Mahmoud Yousef and Arab League’s Secretary-General Ahmad Abulgeit, in Cairo, the minister said the delegation will affirm the Arab world’s stance towards the issue, discuss ways to foster cooperation with EU and address the current political deadlock in peacemaking efforts in the Middle East.

Arabs would continue work to realize peace and security based on the two-state solution that guarantees East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, Safadi told the conference.

He said the ministerial team had reached out to all decision-making capitals in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Australia, the U.S. administration, UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states to communicate the Arab position on this issue.

The minister sounded the alarm to the shortage in funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to enable it continue its duty towards a “child refugee right’s to school, medicine and a decent life”.

The minister made it clear that the Arab countries would maintain their firm stance that East Jerusalem must be the capital of Palestine and the only way for peace.

Source: Jordan News Agency