Peace is our Arab choice, will do our utmost to realize it, says FM

Riyadh, Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Ayman Safadi Thursday said peace will remain our Arab strategic choice and “we will do our part to make this goal a reality”.

“The path to peace was made clear-sighted in the Arab Peace Initiative which states the end of Israeli occupation, establishing a sovereign Palestinian state on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital”, Safadi told an Arab League Council of Arab foreign ministers preparatory meeting in Riyadh ahead of the 29th Arab Summit.

The prospect for a solution to the Palestinian issue seems bleak owing to the Israeli occupation’s non-stop incursions and illegal practices, said the minister, warning of jeopardizing the two-state solution by Israel.

Citing His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, the Custodian over Holy Sites in Jerusalem, who has said Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Holy Jerusalem), is a red line and must be the capital of the future independent Palestinian state, Safadi said, adding: “We want Jerusalem to be a glimmer of peace not an arena of oppression for the followers of the three monotheistic religions on the basis of the two-state solution”.

Safadi, moreover, condemned a recent ballistic missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi militias against Saudi Arabia and said Jordan considers the security of Saudi Arabia part of its security.

Throughout its presidency over the summit, Jordan, the minister added, has sustained endeavors to activate joint Arab action to serve common interests and overcome crises, referring to King Abdullah II’s relentless efforts to bring justice to the Palestinian people.

On Syria, he echoed the dire need to regain momentum and put an end to the tragedy in the war-torn country, urging more collective efforts to realize a political solution there.

With regard to the upcoming Arab Summit, the minister said it comes at a difficult time as challenges exacerbate “while our peoples watch our meetings with a falling confidence in our ability to face those challenges”.

He also spoke about confronting terrorism and its groups labeling it “our common enemy” and the antithesis of our culture, values of peace, love and respect represented by teachings of Islam.

The war on terrorism continues to flare up on the intellectual and security fronts, said Safadi, expressing Jordan’s commitment to continuing this war alongside the international community in order to preserve our common security and the rights of our people.

Source: Jordan News Agency