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EU lawmakers hold meeting in Jordan

By JT - Feb 09,2014 - Last updated at Feb 09,2014

AMMAN — HRH Prince Feisal, the Regent, on Sunday discussed means to boost cooperation between Jordan and the European Union, especially in economy-related areas.

During a meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz and an accompanying delegation, discussions also focused on current regional developments, mainly the Middle East peace process as well as the latest developments in Syria, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, said.

Prince Feisal highlighted the drive towards comprehensive reform in Jordan, led by His Majesty King Abdullah. He also highlighted the burdens the large number of Syrian refugees is posing on the country’s resources and infrastructure as Jordan currently hosts more than 600,000 Syrian refugees.

Schulz stressed the EU’s commitment to boosting the “strategic partnership” with Jordan, underscoring the King’s role in fostering peace and security and lauding the humanitarian services the Kingdom provides for Syrian refugees, according to Petra.

Also on Sunday, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour met with the EU Parliament delegation and discussed ways to strengthen the Jordan-EU ties.

Meanwhile, the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the European Parliament convened a meeting at the Dead Sea with participants from Euro-Med countries.

Addressing participants at the meeting, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh stressed the importance of arriving at a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis, on the basis of the two-state solution with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Organised by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the meeting seeks to boost the Euro-Mediterranean network, coordinate its activities and expand cooperation between the north and the south.

EPP President Joseph Daul and Euro-Med representatives expressed their appreciation of Jordan’s efforts to help the Syrian refugees and its support for the peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Founded in 1976, the EPP is a centre-right political group in the European Parliament, which works to arrive at a democratic, transparent and efficient Europe that is close to its citizens.

The EPP is the largest political organisation in Europe with over 70 member parties from 40 countries.

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