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Jordan renews commitment to anti-terror drive

FM takes part in meetings concerned with fighting extremism, meets peers

By JT - Sep 21,2017 - Last updated at Sep 21,2017

Ayman Safadi

AMMAN — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi on Wednesday took part in a ministerial meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum in New York, which was co-chaired by Morocco and the Netherlands, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Thursday.

In remarks at the gathering, the minister renewed Jordan's commitment to working in cooperation and coordination with the global community to fight terror.

He also urged a holistic approach to counter the threat through resolving crises that instigate despair and chaos, and thus create a "breeding ground" for extremism and terrorism.

The minister also took part in a meeting on preventing terrorist use of the Internet at the UN General Assembly. 

The meeting was co-hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Safadi underscored the need to strengthen efforts to eliminate terrorist groups, calling for concerted regional and international efforts to fight all forms and manifestations of terrorism.

He also called for blocking the spread of materials of extremist nature online, as part of the ideological war against terror. 

The minister noted that Jordan had presented initiatives that called to combat terrorism and extremism, including the Amman Message that clarifies Islamic values of moderation and justice.

Also, Safadi participated in a high-level meeting on Libya, during which he emphasised the need to reach a political solution in accordance with the Skhirat agreement, a UN-led initiative that was signed in Morocco.

Restoring security and stability to Libya is not just a Libyan need, but also one for the region, said the minister.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings, the minister met Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, over the developments in the Palestinian issue and the Syrian crisis.

Safadi also met with the foreign ministers of Lithuania, Linas Linkevicius, and Denmark, Anders Samuelsen, with whom he discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing cooperation in all fields. 

 

They also reviewed regional developments and efforts to resolve regional crises.

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