AMMAN — Jordan and Egypt on Monday agreed to continue coordination and consultation on political and bilateral issues.
During a meeting between His Majesty King Abdullah and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on Monday, discussions focused on bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region, especially the situation in Syria, the Middle East peace process and political developments in Egypt.
Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh also met with Amr yesterday and discussed Egypt’s regional role and the need for it to become politically stable. Discussions also focused on bilateral ties and the latest developments in the Middle East.
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh signed a political cooperation agreement with his counterpart during his visit, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The visiting minister briefed King Abdullah on the latest developments in Egypt, especially the presidential elections, expressing his appreciation for the King’s efforts to strengthen Jordanian-Egyptian relations and support Arab causes, a Royal Court statement said.
King Abdullah emphasised the importance of continued coordination and consultations vis-à-vis regional political developments, especially with regard to the situation in Syria and the Middle East peace process.
The two sides reviewed the efforts exerted by the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, to arrive at a way out of the Syrian crisis and forge ahead with a comprehensive political dialogue process.
King Abdullah also emphasised the need to coordinate Arab efforts pertaining to the peace process, to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
During his meeting with Tarawneh, Amr affirmed that his country is committed to providing Jordan with natural gas and that his country is sparing no effort to ensure the continued flow of Egyptian natural gas into Jordan.
At a joint press conference on Monday, Judeh stressed the importance of Amr’s visit and extended his thanks to Egypt for resuming the pumping of Egyptian gas to Jordan, Petra reported.
Judeh said talks addressed the peace process and Jordan’s efforts related to exploratory talks between the Palestinians and Israelis.
They also addressed the latest developments which included the exchange of letters between the Palestinian leadership and the Israeli government, voicing hope for a breakthrough regarding this issue.
“We also spoke about the issue of the prisoners in Israeli prisons and the need to press ahead with placing pressure on the Israeli government to improve their conditions and eventually release them.”
“There are efforts between us and our brothers in Egypt,” he said, also stressing the ministry’s continued efforts to follow up on the conditions of Jordanian prisoners in Israeli jails.
“We have actually exerted pressure on Israel and we will continue to do so,” he said, noting the situation of the hunger-striking prisoners is very worrying and that Jordan is closely following it.
Talks also focused on the Syrian issue and the need for consultations to arrive at a political solution that guarantees Syria’s unity and safeguards the Syrian people’s rights.
The Egyptian top diplomat stressed the strong relations and coordination between the two countries.
“A coherent Jordanian-Egyptian stance is not only in the best interest of the two countries but is also for the best of the region, as a whole,” he said.
Amr highlighted Egypt’s efforts and its cooperation with Jordan to resolve the problem of the prisoners in Israel.
The Egyptian minister mentioned the statement, adopted in this regard, during the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, upon an Egyptian initiative, to guarantee the implementation of the Geneva agreement and other international agreements to end the suffering of these prisoners.
He also reiterated Egypt’s readiness to resume the full pumping of gas to Jordan, stressing Egypt’s understanding of the economic difficulties that Jordan has been facing as a result of the disruption in gas supplies.