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FM, Russian counterpart discuss ceasefire in southern Syria

[7/4/2018 3:52:15 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi discussed with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday, efforts to achieve a ceasefire in southern Syria and deal with the deteriorating humanities situation there.

The talks also dealt with efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict according to the two-state solution, and ways to strengthen bilateral relations, which are progressively developing in all fields.

The two ministers agreed on the need to achieve a political solution to the Syrian crisis and called for concerted efforts to support the Geneva process aimed at ending the crisis on the basis of UN Security Council resolution 2254.

Safadi stressed the need to take immediate steps to prevent the displacement of Syrians from their homes and towns in southern Syria, ensure their safety and security and provide them with assistance from inside Syria.

In a joint press conference with Lavrov after the talks, Safadi highlighted the need for an immediate cease-fire in southern Syria and a settlement that would guarantee the security, safety and dignity of the Syrians on their land.

The foreign minister said that Jordan is following with concern what is happening in southern Syria, stressing the need to reach a political settlement and a ceasefire in the south and do everything possible to prevent a humanitarian disaster there.

Safadi warned that Jordan would respond to any threat to its security and the safety of its citizens.

He said that dozens of shells fell from Syrian into Jordan but no injuries were reported, noting that "our brave armed forces are able to identify the source of the shells and will exercise their right to protect our citizens and to respond to any threat to our security."

"Jordan was working with Russia to end the crisis and had frank and in-depth talks with Lavrov on the matter," the minister said, noting that the solution in the south is political as it is in all Syria.

Jordan, Safadi said, was a partner with Russia and the United States in reaching the de-escalation deal , "and we will work with Russia to contain the crisis and stop deterioration in southern Syria."

Safadi stressed that Jordan will remain a gateway to help the Syrians to whom we "opened our hearts, homes, schools and hospitals". He said that dozens of trucks carrying aid are on the Jordanian border awaiting the approval of the Syrian authorities to transfer this aid to the Syrians.

He called for a humanitarian truce that would allow aid to be delivered as negotiations for a political solution continue.

The minister pointed out that Jordan received 1.3 million Syrian refugees and is doing its utmost to help more than 270,000 Syrian citizens displaced from their homes as a result of the outbreak of fighting in southern Syria.

On the Palestinian issue, he said it will remain Jordan's central issue and that it should be solved in accordance with the two-solution that ends the Israeli occupation and lead to the establishment of in independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In response to a question, Safadi said that Jordan is not familiar with details of the peace plan the US President's Advisor Jared Kushner is working on.

He said that the Kingdom will deal with any issue when it is presented to it according to its position, that calls for solving the conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.

For his part, Lavrov said that Russia appreciated the efforts made by Jordan to achieve reconciliation between the Syrian forces and the Syrian opposition groups on the border with Jordan.

Lavrov said that Russia and Jordan stressed in their talks the need to implement the agreements on the southern region to reduce the escalation, including the fight against terrorism.

The Russian minister stressed that all international players must provide humanitarian aid to Syria, without preconditions.

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