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Safadi chairs Arab Peace Initiative Committee meeting


[3/7/2018 2:31:09 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Ayman Safadi, Wednesday updated members of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee on the outcome of endeavors and moves of the six-party Arab ministerial delegation, especially its talks with the Council of the European Union's top diplomats, recently held in Brussels.

During the meeting held in the Cairo-based Arab League Headquarters, Safadi said the Arab ministerial delegation's meeting with their European counterparts discussed ways to overcome challenges facing the peace process after the US administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Arab ministerial delegation exchanged views with their European counterparts on finding a political prospect to end the deadlock in the peace process to push it ahead towards the two-state solution, which ensures establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders, Safadi explained.

The minister extended his gratitude and appreciation to the EU for hosting the meeting to exchange views in a bid to reach the common goal of all parties, which is achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace settlement in the Middle East region.

The six-party Arab ministerial delegation, established by an Arab League resolution last December and headed by Jordan, includes the foreign ministers of Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Palestine, alongside the Arab League Secretary General. It kicked off maneuvers after talks of Arab top diplomats and the Arab League chief in Amman Dec. 6 to counter the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate its embassy.

Safadi highlighted the ongoing Jordanian diplomatic efforts under the leadership of his Majesty King Abdullah to address the negative repercussions of Washington's move.

The Arab Peace Initiative Committee , headed by Jordan, comprises Bahrain, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iraq, Palestine, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, and the Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Aboul Gheit. Intermittently, some non-member Arab states attend its meetings.

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