Lower House’s foreign affairs committee holds meetings with Germany, Panama Ambassadors

Amman, Head of the Lower House’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Nidal Ta’ani reiterated Jordan’s stances under the leadership of King Abdullah towards the Palestinian issue and Jerusalem and said they were “non negotiable.”

The MP gave his remarks in two separate meetings with Germany and Panama’s Ambassadors to Jordan, Birgitta Maria Siefker-Eberle, and Tomas Guardia, respectively.

Bilateral relations between Jordan and their countries, ways of enhancing them in various levels and the latest regional and international developments were discussed in both meetings.

Ta’ani said the Palestinian issue is the biggest challenge facing Jordan in light of its related developments, especially after the US President’s had declared his country’s recognition of Israel’s authority over occupied Golan Heights and the so-called “deal of the century.”

In his meeting with Panama’s Ambassador, Ta’ani stressed need to boost relations between the two countries in various parliamentary, economic, trade, tourism and investment fields.

“Jordan is a strategic hub and a base for launching all businesses and investment in the region,” Ta’ani added.

On the bilateral relations between Jordan, Panama and Germany, Ta’ani lauded their advanced level, stressing keenness to strengthen them in all areas, especially parliamentary ones.

Panama’s Ambassador said his country supports the two-state solution and the peace negotiations. “Although our relations are strong with Israel, we will not move our embassy to Jerusalem and we have opened a representative office in Ramallah,” he added.

He said his country is ready and keen on deepening and strengthening ties and develop them with Jordan in all fields, especially parliamentary, economic, commercial and tourism fields.

The German Ambassador confirmed Germany’s support for the Hashemite custodianship over the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, expressing appreciation for Jordan stances towards Christian holy sites there.

As for the US declaration on the Golan Heights, she said: “Our position is clear on this matter and we reject this declaration as we reject the construction of Israeli settlements as a violation of the international law.”

The Ambassador expressed her country’s support for Jordan to enable it to continue its humanitarian role towards refugees, stressing its support for vocational training institutes and the educational track to reduce unemployment among young people.

Source: Jordan News Agency