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FM concludes series of meetings on sidelines of UNGA

By JT - Sep 24,2022 - Last updated at Sep 24,2022

Ayman Safadi

AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Saturday concluded a series of meetings with a number of counterparts and international officials on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

Safadi met Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Vajon, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

The Jordanian foreign minister’s meeting focused on resolving regional and international issues, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue as well as establishing peace and stability, combating terrorism and bolstering cooperation. 

Similarly, Safadi held a meeting Friday with Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, in which they affirmed the continuation of coordination and consultation in regard to regional issues, stressing the need to activate joint Arab action to confront common challenges and serve Arab interests.

Safadi also held talks with Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, following up on the outcomes of their talks in Amman last May. 

The two ministers voiced keenness to “expand the horizons of cooperation”, highlighting the importance of implementing agreements signed between the two countries and raising the volume of trade.

In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Safadi discussed bilateral issues and efforts exerted to reduce tension in the region.

The two sides also focused on the situation in Syria, especially in its southern region, and challenges related to drug smuggling to Jordan.

Easing tension in the region, which constitutes a Jordanian goal, requires addressing all its root causes and building regional relations based on the principles of good neighbourliness and non-interference.

Discussing regional issues with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Safadi extended appreciation for Australia's support to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), expressing thanks to for Australia for doubling support to UNRWA from $10 million to $20 million.

Meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilisations Miguel Moratinos, Safadi reviewed regional issues and international efforts to promote dialogue.

As for his meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen, the two sides focused on reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis. 

The Jordanian foreign minister met with representatives of the American Jewish Committee, highlighting the Jordanian-American partnership and underlining the necessity of finding “a real political horizon” for relaunching negotiations to achieve a just peace on the basis of the two-state solution.

In New York, Safadi held talks with the CEO of the International Crisis Group Comfort Ero.

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