FM, Tunisian counterpart discuss ties, region

Amman, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and his Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui said Monday that the two countries continue to cement their relations in all fields and closely coordinate on regional and international issues.

The ministers held talks that focused on defence and trade ties, stressing the importance of the steps taken to develop relations, and noting that the two countries had a common political will to further deepen bilateral relations.

The ministers agreed that economic relations and trade exchange were still below expectations and that they should rise to the level of the solid strategic relations, and called for removing barriers to build closer ties between the private sector in the two countries.

They also stressed support for the Jordanian-Tunisian Business Council, which was established in 2016, to enhance cooperation and investment in the vital sectors of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, tourism and information technology.

Safadi and Jhinaoui also discussed developments in the region, including the Palestinian issue, efforts to arrive at a political solution in Syria and the global fight against terrorism and its dark ideology. They also called for a political solution to the Libyan crisis that restores the country’s security, stability and unity.

Safadi told a joint press conference with the Tunisian minister that their talks preceded an Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo tomorrow, which will be chaired by Tunisia, the current president of the Arab summit.

He said Jordan and Tunisia see eye to eye on the Palestinian issue, and reiterated the unified Arab position that a solution to the Palestinian issue is the basis for achieving security and stability in the region.

He said there will be no solution without fulfilling the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, foremost of which is the right to freedom and to set up a Palestinian state on the lines of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital according to international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Jordan, he said, is in contact with the international community in this respect, and that the Kingdom absolutely condemns all unilateral Israeli moves to change the facts on the ground, particularly the status quo of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, whose custodian, His Majesty King Abdullah II, devotes all of the Kingdom’s resources for their protection.

For his part, the Tunisian minister said his country and Jordan are keen on addressing regional disputes within the Arab League and the United Nations, adding that Tunisia will represent the Arab world at the United Nations in early January.

Source: Jordan News Agency