FM partakes in Arab League coordination meeting

New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi participated in a coordination meeting of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level, which was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Top of the agenda were the Palestinian issue, the terrorist attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and preparations for the first conference on a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, which will be held in November and chaired by Jordan.

In remarks at the meeting, Safadi called for translating the Arab consensus on the centrality of the Palestinian issue and the terms of reference for resolving the conflict into an ongoing coordinated action to counter Israeli measures to perpetuate the occupation and undermine the chances of establishing an independent Palestinian state on the lines of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Safadi said that Israel’s policy of systematically killing the two-state solution through construction and expansion of settlements, expropriation of land and attempts to change the Arab-Islamic and Christian identity of Jerusalem and its holy sites, which required intensive and coordinated Arab action to mobilize an international stand against it.

Every Israeli step to implement this policy, regardless how small it is, should be met with a clear and firm Arab position that reflects Arab fundamentals and seeks to produce international positions that reject it, he said.

Safadi called for Arab action to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and ensure the renewal of its mandate, which will be put to a vote at the General Assembly later this year, with the largest vote and offset its financial deficit, which is estimated at $120 million this year.

The Foreign Minister reiterated Jordan’s condemnation of the terrorist attack on oil facilities of Aramco in Saudi Arabia, and its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in all actions it takes to protect its security and stability.

He said the drone attacks were a dangerous escalation that cannot be accepted, adding that no one wants war which will have catastrophic repercussions on the entire region. He called for de-escalation and defusing the crisis in the Gulf region through dialogue and forging relations based on non-interference in the internal Arab affairs.

Source: Jordan News Agency