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Amman 'concerned' about escalation between Armenia, Azerbaijan

[9/28/2020 5:24:09 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said Monday that it is concerned about the latest escalation between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Daifallah Fayez, the spokesperson of the Ministry, underscored the importance of exercising restraint and putting in place an immediate cease-fire, calling for resorting to the negotiating table and settling the disagreements peacefully through diplomacy in accordance with the pertinent UN Security Council and international legitimacy resolutions.

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Amman coordination meeting to support the Middle East peace process concluded

[9/24/2020 5:17:13 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, France and Germany on Thursday held talks here to maintain coordination and consultation on ways to support the Middle East peace process to achieve a just, comprehensive and lasting peace. In a joint statement at the conclusion of the multilateral meeting, the top diplomats affirmed commitment to support all efforts aimed at achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace that meets the legitimate rights of all parties, on the basis of international law, relevant United Nations resolutions and agreed upon references, including the Arab Peace Initiative. The ministers agreed that settlements construction and expansion and confiscation of Palestinian property breach international law, undermine the two-state solution. In this regard, the ministers call on the conflict parties to fully implement Security Council Resolution 2334 and all its provisions. With reference to the joint statement issued by the ministers' meeting on 7/7/2020, the top dimplats were informed that annexation of Palestinian lands is "frozen" after the United Arab Emirates and Israel announced a decision to normalize ties, affirming the annexation must be "stopped permanently." Resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution is the basis for achieving comprehensive peace, the ministers noted. The ministers also stressed the importance of the peace agreements signed between the Arab countries and Israel, including the two recently inked accords between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Israel, to contribute to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, in a bid to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace. Reiterating the essential role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the ministers sressed the need to continue providing the financial and political support it needs to carry out its mandate in accordance with UN decisions and provide its vital services to refugees. Ending the stalemate in peace negotiations, creating political horizons, and restoring hope through serious negotiations must be a priority, the statement pointed out. The ministers also voiced the necessity to resume "serious and effective" negotiations on the basis of international law and the terms of reference agreed upon directly between the conflict parties, or under the umbrella of the United Nations, including the International Quartet, to achieve this peace. The ministers called on all parties to abide by previous agreements and start "serious" talks on their basis. The Covid-19 pandemic, the ministers said, has revealed the need for peace and cooperation is "more urgent than ever," they said, affirming willingness to continue to work together with all parties concerned to resume these negotiations. Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan will continue their active engagement and good endeavors to create favorable conditions and their targeted efforts to create the necessary conditions for the resumption of serious negotiations and to achieve the required progress towards achieving the just and comprehensive peace that the region's peoples deserve, according to the joint statement. The meeting was attended by the European Union Special Representative for the Peace Process. Today's meeting was the third, as the first was held in Munich in February 2020, while the second convened in July 2020 virtually.

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FM, Linde, Lazzarini, discuss ways to step up financial support to UNRWA

[9/23/2020 1:46:14 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde and Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Philippe Lazzarini, discussed ways to mobilize the necessary international support to enable the Agency meet its financial needs amid the increasing financial pressures and the requirements of facing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. During the tripartite remote meeting held via videoconferencing on Wednesday, Lazarini briefed Safadi and Linde on the agency’s financial position, its efforts to provide the necessary refugee assistance, and its future plans. The officials discussed the financial challenges facing UNRWA and the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on Palestinian refugee communities and the Agency’s budget and programs. They also stressed the importance of maintaining the Agency’s programs as part of the targeted international efforts to contain the pandemic-induced consequences and providing the financial support that the Agency needs to continue its vital services to Palestinian refugees as a pillar to regional stability and security. The officials affirmed continued consultations with international partners to provide sustainable political and financial support to UNRWA in accordance with long-term funding mechanisms that enable the Agency to continue providing its vital services to Palestinian refugees efficiently without disruption. The officials reviewed preparations for the Stockholm Group meeting to be organized by Jordan and Sweden next month to discuss with international partners ways to support UNRWA financially and politically. The group, which held the last meeting through videoconferencing on April 22, includes Jordan, Sweden, Egypt, Kuwait, Norway, Germany, Britain, France, Japan and the European Union, in addition UNRWA. In this context, Safadi called to maintain providing political and financial support to the agency to ensure continuity of its vital services in accordance with its UN mandate until a permanent and just solution to the refugee issue is found in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions, including United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, and in the context of a comprehensive solution to the conflict based on the two-state solution. The challenges facing UNRWA require "effective" regional and international action to offer the allocations the agency needs to meet the budget deficit, according to Safadi. Safadi stressed the need to provide the emergency support the UNRWA needs to confront the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences, warning that any failure to face the pandemic-induced repercussions triggered by shortage of the agency's financial capabilities will have repercussions on all in the region. Safadi lauded Sweden's central role in the efforts to support UNRWA, and the Swedish Foreign Minister for her "active and essential partnership" and the continuous efforts made by UNRWA commissioner. Safadi said Jordan and Sweden are partners in this necessary effort, and work jointly in a "systematic and institutional" manner to support the agency. Safadi indicated that supporting the agency and ensuring its continued financing to enable fulfill its duties towards refugees is a continuous effort made by the Kingdom.

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FM stresses importance of stopping Israeli annexation plan

[8/18/2020 5:12:38 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, said Israel has to stop the annexation and commit to the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with the occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders, in order to resolve the conflict and establish a just and comprehensive peace. "The occupation is the basis of the conflict and ending it according to the two-state solution based on international legitimacy decisions, the signed agreements and the Arab Peace Initiative, is the only way to resolve the conflict and achieve just peace," Safadi said in in a meeting with Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Saeb Erekat, in Jericho on Tuesday. Safadi and Erekat underlined the need for international efforts to join hands to carry out an effective action to sponsor and launch negotiations and reach a two-state solution in accordance with international law, as they warned that the alternative to that is to deepen the conflict and destroy all opportunities to achieve a just peace, which constitute a regional and international necessity. Erekat expressed appreciation for the Kingdom's steadfast stances and its key role, led by His Majesty King Abdullah, in supporting the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights, especially their right to freedom and an independent, sovereign and viable state. Erekat also stressed the importance of the Hashemite custodianship over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, safeguardingand and preserving their Arab, Islamic and Christian identity and the existing historical and legal status qou. Both officials highlighted developments related to the Palestinian cause, and said they would continue consultations and coordination as per directives of King Abdullah and President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Safadi, UAE counterpart discuss ties, region

[7/30/2020 11:20:09 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi discussed with the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan enhancing bilateral ties. The two top diplomats, during a phone call, reviewed a number of the Middle East region issues, including the Palestinian cause, and ways to reach a political solution to the Libyan crisis. The two sides saw eye to eye on the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions. Safadi stressed the need to develop ties between Amman and Abu Dhabi in an institutional and systematic manner in all fields.

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US coronavirus: Trump pushes anti-malaria drug, Fauci checks him

[7/29/2020 7:23:04 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A week after appearing to project a more serious tone about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is back to pushing unproven claims that an anti-malaria drug is an effective treatment and challenging the credibility of the nation's leading infectious disease expert. Dr Anthony Fauci pushed back Tuesday, saying he will keep doing his job. Numerous studies, meanwhile, have shown that the drug, hydroxychloroquine, is not an effective treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. And the US Food and Drug Administration recently withdrew an order that allowed the drug's use as a emergency treatment for COVID-19. Yet overnight, after returning from a trip to North Carolina in which he promoted efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Trump retweeted a series of tweets advocating for hydroxychloroquine. The president also shared a post from the Twitter account for a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon, a former top White House adviser to Trump, accusing Fauci of misleading the public about hydroxychloroquine. Fauci, a leading member of the White House coronavirus task force, pushed back Tuesday during an appearance on US broadcaster ABC's Good Morning America. "I'll go along with the FDA," said Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "The overwhelming prevailing clinical trials that have looked at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it is not effective in coronavirus disease." It is not the first time Fauci has come under attack from Trump and those close to him. The president's top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, who has clashed with Fauci about hydroxychloroquine, recently penned a scathing attack on the doctor that was published by USA Today. The newspaper later said the opinion piece did not meet its standards. In recent nationally televised interviews, Trump himself has described Fauci as "a bit of an alarmist" and accused him of making "mistakes" in his coronavirus guidance to the American people. At a news conference late on Tuesday, Trump groused about the attention being lavished on Fauci. Trump said he and others in his administration deserved plaudits for their handling of the virus, not just Fauci and another prominent member of the task force, Deborah Birx. "He's working with our administration and for the most part we have done pretty much what he and others, Dr. Birx and others, who are terrific, recommended. And he's got this high approval rating. So why don't I have a high approval rating and the administration with respect to the virus? We should have a very high (approval rating)," Trump said. "So it sort of is curious, a man works for us, and yet they're highly thought of and nobody likes me. It can only be my personality," he said. Asked if he can continue to do his job when Trump continues to publicly question his credibility, Fauci said Tuesday he would press ahead "no matter what" because of the stakes involved. "I don't tweet. I don't even read them, so I don't really want to go there," Fauci said. "I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out because I think it's very important. We're in the middle of a crisis with regard to an epidemic, a pandemic. This is what I do. This is what I've been trained for my entire professional life, and I'll continue to do it." Asked about claims he has been misleading the public, Fauci said: "I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances." Twitter Inc. on Tuesday said it had limited access to Donald Trump Jr's account for 12 hours, after he posted a video of doctors talking about hydroxychloroquine that violated the site's misinformation policy on COVID-19. *Agencies

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FM, Lithuanian counterpart discuss cooperation

[7/27/2020 7:30:06 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius on Monday agreed to hold a round of political consultations via video conferencing to boost bilateral cooperation. In a discussion over the telephone, the ministers highlighted bilateral cooperation and solidarity in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its ramifications. Safadi and Linkevicius stressed the two countries' commitment to enhancing cooperation in the energy, tourism, investment, information technology, and education fields, and discussed regional developments and efforts exerted to resolve regional crises and establish security and stability. Speaking on an Israeli plan to annex Palestinian lands, Safadi underscored the importance of launching a concerted international effort to deter Israel from implementing its plans. He also underlined the importance of re-launching serious negotiations to resolve the conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions, as the only way to resolve the conflict and achieve a just and comprehensive peace. He stressed that preventing the Israeli plan protects peace and international law, noting that the annexation is a clear violation of international law that will undermine the two-state solution and thus all chances for peace. The minister also commended Lithuania's adherence to international law and supporting the two-state solution as a way to resolve the conflict.

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