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Safadi, EU official discuss coronavirus's impacts


[4/3/2020 4:33:52 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi, yesterday, discussed during a telephone conversation with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell the latest developments regarding the novel coronavirus. Safadi and Borrell spoke about the pandemic and its repercussions on the Jordan's economy, as Safadi voiced the Kingdom's appreciation to the EU for its continuous support. The EU official voiced the block's support to the Kingdom to face the pandemic, commending Jordan's efforts in helping the European citizens who stranded in Jordan.

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King co-authors Financial Times op-ed with presidents of Germany, Singapore, Ethiopia, and Ecuador


[3/31/2020 9:48:07 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Financial Times on Tuesday published an op-ed co-written by His Majesty King Abdullah with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Singapore President Halimah Yacob, Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, and Ecuador President Len?n Moreno Garcés. The article called for united international efforts to contain and counter coronavirus disease (COVID-19), describing it as a global threat that transcends borders, ethnicities, and creeds. "We can contain and counter COVID-19 more effectively by knocking down the barriers that hinder knowledge exchange and co-operation," the leaders said. King Abdullah and the leaders of Germany, Singapore, Ethiopia, and Ecuador commended those working around the world to save lives or maintain vital services, writing that "they give us hope and offer inspiration that our societies may not only weather this crisis but also grow stronger and more connected". Faced by the same enemy, they wrote, the world stands to gain by bringing the full force of humanity together to fight it, as no country alone can win this fight. "We all have something to contribute regardless of the size of our economies or populations. A global solution is in everybody’s self-interest," the leaders said. They called for a new global alliance to accelerate research and development of treatments and vaccines; ensure rapid production, procurement and fair distribution of testing kits; step up production and ensure the fair distribution of future therapies and vaccines, including to vulnerable populations such as refugees; and highlight the benefits of a coordinated global response to the crisis as an exemplary global public good. The leaders concluded by reaffirming that no country is immune to the COVID-19 pandemic, "no matter how advanced its economy, capabilities, or technology. Before this virus, we are all equal and must work together to beat it". They expressed confidence in human ingenuity, calling for solidarity to save lives and build a better tomorrow. Link to the op-ed: https://www.ft.com/content/c0178836-7274-11ea-90ce-5fb6c07a27f2

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Jordan condemns assassination attempt on Sudanese PM


[3/9/2020 4:02:37 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Monday, condemned in the strongest terms the failed assassination attempt against Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok. The ministry’s spokesperson, Ambassador Daifallah Al-Fayez, denounced any attempt aimed at undermining the security and stability of the Republic of Sudan. He stressed the importance and necessity of joining regional and state efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms in order to uphold regional security and peace. Al-Fayez underscored Jordan's supportive position toward Sudan and the Sudanese people.

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Netanyahu says Israel may broaden entry restriction due to coronavirus


[3/8/2020 6:08:25 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Israel might broaden its entry restrictions to include visitors from all countries due to the spread of coronavirus. Israel already requires travelers arriving from 15 countries, in Europe and Asia, to go into home quarantine for 14 days. The measure effectively cut off tourism from those countries and led some foreign airlines to suspend flights to Israel. Israel has reported 26 coronavirus cases and some 80,000 Israelis are in self-quarantine after returning from foreign visits. Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Sunday with US Vice-President Mike Pence to discuss coronavirus concerns amid Israeli media reports that Israel was considering barring visitors from parts of the United States where the illness has spread. Israeli political commentators have said Netanyahu, fearful of drawing criticism from a main ally, US President Donald Trump, has resisted pressure by Israeli public health officials to add New York, the state of Washington and California to the restricted list. At a news conference, Netanyahu said Israel was “weighing quarantine for everyone” flying into the country. “We have reached the decision that if we take additional steps, it will apply to all countries,” he said. “But on the other hand, it is very difficult decision.” He said a decision would be made on Monday in consultation with Israeli health authorities and emergency authorities. Netanyahu and Pence agreed to follow up their telephone call with discussions between US and Israeli health officials on technological and scientific cooperation and ways to “confront the challenges” posed by the virus, Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. *Al Arabiya

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FM warns of 'worsening' crises facing Arab world


[3/4/2020 5:21:02 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate, Ayman Safadi, warned today, Wednesday, that the crises facing the Arab world are "worsening" in a way that threatens Arab security, while Arab efforts to address the crises are not sufficient. Safadi made the remarks while addressing foreign ministers at the 153rd session of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level. He said the Arab nation cannot remain on the sidelines while others fill the void created due to their absence. "Our causes are the ones that we had discussed in our previous session, and in many other extraordinary sessions, the only difference is that the crises worsened, and our collective role in efforts exerted to resolve them is still limited, with little or no effect," Safadi said. He added: "Our Arab security is in danger, generations in Arab countries torn by crises are lost as they get used to the sight of war and destruction, and grow in environments of despair and deprivation, where there are no schools, healthcare and hope, extremism creeps through oppression, and external forces fill the vacuum created by our absence." On the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, he said that "the chances of achieving a just peace that we stressed as our strategic choice are being killed by illegal Israeli measures that impose new painful fait accompli on the ground every day. Israel announces its intention to annex a third of the occupied West Bank and to build new settlements that steal Palestinian land and steal hope for a just peace that people accept." The minister said: "Our Arab consensus is that the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state on the lines of June 4, 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital is the only way to achieving peace." He stressed the Hashemite Custodianship's role in countering attempts aimed at changing the Arab, Islamic and Christian identity of Jerusalem's sanctities. "Our positions and our statements that are based on international legitimacy resolutions are faced by an Israeli moves that care less about international law and no longer sees the principle of land for peace as a basis for a solution," Safadi said. On the Syrian crisis, Safadi said it is "still a catastrophe with no real prospect of ending, the biggest victim is the fraternal Syrian people and the Syrian state." "We are more impacted by the crisis and its bloody consequences, but our collective role in the efforts to end the crisis is the least. Syria has become an arena for conflicts of regional and international interests, and we stand on the sidelines while others impose their roles and agenda," Safadi said. The top diplomat pointed out that "the situation is not better in Libya, as the regionalization and internationalization of the crisis has become a reality at the expense of a fraternal country and at the expense of our Arab national interests." He said: "The crisis in the Arab Gulf, whose security is a cornerstone of our collective security, is growing while Iraq is being pushed towards chaos that threatens the progress made in reconstruction and stability after the victory it had achieved against terrorist gangs." Safadi stressed that "our first central issue necessitates that we act collectively towards the international community to counter the Israeli occupation and work to launch real and effective negotiations to resolve the conflict on the basis of a two-state solution in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab peace initiative." "If we do not act, the international community will not act," he added. Safadi stressed that "we must also act collectively to activate the Arab role in efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis to preserve Syria's territorial integrity and cohesion, and restore its security, stability and role in our joint Arab action system." "Remaining on the sidelines is no longer an option. The price of abandoning our role is paid by the Syrian Arab and state, and we will all pay the price by leaving others to determine the future paths of our region." Safadi said: "We are a few months away from the upcoming regular Arab summit in Algeria, and our difficult status quo and the enormous challenges we face force us to prepare for this summit in a practical way that makes it a station to breathe life in our joint Arab action and take practical decisions that contribute to solving crises and protecting our common interests." "We can achieve this if we assume our role and go to that summit with initiatives that restore to us the leadership role that our interests necessitate regarding our Arab issues," he stressed. In addition, on the sidelines of the pro-Arab organization's meeting, the Foreign Minister chaired a meeting of the Committee of foreign ministers of states signatories to the agreement for the establishment of a free trade area between the Arab Mediterranean countries, best known as the "Agadir Agreement." The meeting witnessed the signing of the documents for the accession of the Republic of Lebanon and the State of Palestine to the "Agadir Agreement." Talks about establishing a free trade zone agreement were launched in Morocco in May 2001, with Jordan, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco declaring their desire to establish a free trade zone among them with the encouragement of the European Union, as the "Agadir Agreement" was signed off in Rabat on February 25, 2004. On the sidelines of the summit, Safadi met with his Lebanese, Egyptian, Kuwaiti, Bahraini, Palestinian and Tunisian counterparts on ways of enhancing cooperation and regional developments.

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Coronavirus suspected cases moved into hotel quarantine


[3/1/2020 4:40:45 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Ministry of Health has completed last night the transfer of the suspected Coronavirus cases to a hotel rented as a quarantine, in order to make sure that they are not infected with the virus. Assistant Secretary-General of the Ministry, Adnan Ishaq, told Petra that non of the quarantined cases are still in Bashir Hospital's Epidemiological Department, adding that the hotel is completely medically isolated, and supplied with the necessary medical staff. "The costs of staying at the hotel will be covered by the Ministry of Health," he said, reaffirming the importance of following the disease prevention methods and obtaining information from official sources represented by the Ministry of Health.

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Amman condemns Israel’s announcement to expand settlements in east Jerusalem


[2/25/2020 4:18:48 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates today, Tuesday, inveighed against the announcement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to build 3,500 additional settler houses in the E1 area east of occupied Jerusalem. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate, Ayman Safadi, rejected the declaration as a flagrant violation of international law and international humanitarian law and UN Security Council resolutions, and a highly dangerous unilateral action that undermines any prospects for a two-state solution based on international legitimacy resolutions. Safadi warned, in a statement this evening, against the ramifications of the announcement, and stressed the need for the international community to take effective action to prevent its implementation. He called on the Israeli government to stop building and expanding settlements sense it has obligations as the occupying power.

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