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FM, Canadian counterpart talk ties, region

By JT - Jan 14,2022 - Last updated at Jan 14,2022

AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Thursday held talks with Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on a number of regional issues and means to bolster bilateral relations. 

In a phone call, the two ministers confirmed continuing to expand cooperation in various fields, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Safadi, who congratulated Joly on assuming her responsibilities as Minister of Foreign Affairs last October, stressed the importance the Kingdom attaches to its relations with Canada, expressing appreciation towards support provided by Canada to Jordan to help it in its developmental process. 

The two ministers discussed a soft loan that Canada announced to provide to Jordan in order to support the education sector in the context of continued cooperation to support the development process in the Kingdom. 

Safadi also thanked the Canadian minister for Canada's support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and for assistance in hosting refugees. 

Joly stressed “the strength” of Jordanian-Canadian relations and expressed her country's appreciation for the Kingdom's efforts to enhance regional security and stability and host refugees, according to the statement.

The two ministers discussed recent regional developments, foremost of which is the Palestinian cause, as well as efforts to launch “serious and effective negotiations” to achieve just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution.

They agreed to continue coordination and consultation on issues of mutual interest to serve the interests of the two countries, concurring to hold the first round of political consultations at the level of senior officials at the beginning of February to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and coordination in various fields.

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