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Safadi meets group of German lawmakers on ties, region

By JT - May 08,2018 - Last updated at May 08,2018

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (second right) meets with parliamentary group leaders in Germany on Tuesday (AFP photo)

AMMAN — Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Tuesday said that Jordan is keen on bolstering ties and cooperation with Germany in various fields, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

He stressed the Kingdom’s interest in collaborating with Germany to overcome regional challenges and end crises there to sustain stability and peace.

The remarks came during Safadi’s meeting with 42 lawmakers from the Christian Democratic Union of Germany and the Christian Social Union.

Safadi expressed Jordan’s appreciation for Germany, the second largest supporter of the Kingdom.

He outlined the regional developments, especially those related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Syrian crisis and its repercussions, and the war on terrorism.

The minister also acquainted the lawmakers with the Kingdom’s visions and policies related to the regional challenges and the efforts led by His Majesty King Abdullah to realise security and peace and promote a culture of moderation and tolerance.

He stressed the importance of reaching a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.

At a joint press conference that followed the meeting, Safadi urged more international efforts to resume the peace process on the basis of the two-state solution, warning against the repercussions of leaving the conflict unsolved. 

Responding to a question on the US abandoning the nuclear agreement with Iran, Safadi stressed that Jordan’s policies fully support a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, especially nukes.

He reiterated the Kingdom’s rejection of Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries, stressing that ties should be based on mutual respect of sovereignties.  

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