“Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” must translate into reality, says FM

Brussels, The “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” conference is a step that must be translated into effective efforts leading to a political solution to the Syrian crisis and adequate support for Syrian refugees and host countries, Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Ayman Safadi said Wednesday.

Safadi made the remarks as he delivered Jordan’s speech at the opening session of the conference, organized by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), with the participation of foreign ministers and representatives of about 80 countries and international organizations.

In the speech, the foreign minister said a political solution that preserves Syria’s unity and independence and accepted by the Syrian people must be a priority that the international community must pursue.

Safadi added that “everyone’s recognition that there will be no military solution to the crisis must be accompanied by collective action to reach a political solution and support the Geneva process to stop the fighting, which will only lead to more killing and destruction.”

Safadi warned of the danger of considering the crisis in Syria only as a refugee crisis, and to limit the focus of the international community on meeting the needs of the refugees rather than to save the Syrian people from the disaster that is destroying their country and their future.

Safadi spoke about the burdens borne by the Kingdom due to receiving about 1.3 million Syrians.

He said Jordan has exceeded its absorptive capacity, stressing the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibility and provide the support Jordan needs to continue to meet the needs of refugees.

He also warned of the decline of support for international organizations that provide services for refugees, which would lead to suspending most of the support provided to the Syrians in the Kingdom, thus placing further burdens on its economy.

The Kingdom will continue to play its humanitarian role towards the refugees, but the international community should continue to assist it, the minister said.

Jordan appreciates the support extended by the EU and the international community and is keen to develop its partnership with UN organizations in assisting refugees, he said.

On the sidelines of the conference, Safadi met with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Norway Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, Japan Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, Hungary Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, Finland Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timo Soini, French Minister of State, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, US Assistant Secretary of State, David Satterfield and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock.

During the meetings, the latest developments in the Syrian crisis and ways to move towards a political solution were discussed.

They also discussed developments in the Palestinian issue and efforts to break the deadlock to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.

Safadi and his counterparts also discussed bilateral relations and the humanitarian role played by Jordan in assisting the Syrians.

Source: Jordan News Agency