FM, Russian counterpart discuss ties, Mideast issues

Amman, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi on Sunday held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov focusing on Jordanian-Russia relations and a number of Middle East issues, namely Syria and the Palestinian issue.

In a press conference held following the talks, Safadi said the relationship between Amman and Moscow is rapidly evolving into broader cooperation in various domains, adding that both countries are keen to forge more agreements in the economic domain.

Safadi pointed out that he and Lavrov discussed a number of Middle East issues, including the Palestinian issue and Syria. “We are all concerned of the absence of progress towards a peaceful solution that truly achieves the comprehensive and lasting peace that we all demand and which can only be achieved if an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on pre-June 4, 1967 lines is established,” Safadi said.

“I am very appreciative of Russia’s clear support for the two-state solution, which is the only way to achieve security and stability and lasting and comprehensive peace in the region,” he added.

On Syria, Safadi said the dialogue with Russia on the Syrian crisis is ongoing, adding: “We want it [Syrian crisis] to end and we want Syria to regain its security, stability and its role in the region and in the Arab world.”

Jordanian-Russian cooperation culminated with the de-escalation zone in Syria and prevented a massacre in the south-west Syria when Syrian forces moved to retake that region, Safadi said.

On the Rukban issue, the foreign minister said Jordan and Russia see eye-to-eye that the only the solution to this issue is the safe return of the displaced population to their hometown and villages.

The Russian foreign minister said his country is keen to cement economic ties between the two countries, noting that he and Safadi held fruitful talks on ways to boost Jordanian-Russian cooperation.

He said Jordan hosts more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees on its territory, placing enormous pressures on the economy and infrastructure. He stressed that the Syrian government must create the conditions to allow those refugees to return to their homes.

Source: Jordan News Agency