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FM holds talks with Norwegian, Danish counterparts


[5/18/2020 1:32:12 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide held talks on Monday on ways to stop Israel's planned annexation of occupied Palestinian lands.

During a phone call, Safadi warned that such a step would end the two-state solution and undermine the chances of achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace.

The two ministers reviewed prospects for joint action to find a real horizon for resolving the conflict and achieving peace through serious, effective and direct negotiations based on the international law.

They also reviewed preparations for the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) on supporting the Palestinian Economy, which is chaired by Norway, which will be held via videoconference on June 2.

Safadi stressed that the upcoming meeting, which will be the first international such gathering after the formation of a new Israeli government, should come up with a clear position that rejects annexation, warns of its consequences and adheres to a two-state solution based on international law as the only way to solve the conflict.

He also commended Norway’s positions and its persistent role in efforts to achieve a just Middle East peace based on international legitimacy resolutions.

The foreign minister also reaffirmed the strategic Jordanian-Norwegian partnership and continued work to further develop cooperation.

Also within the context of ongoing Jordanian contacts to forge an international position to prevent Israel's annexation of settlements, the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea area in occupied Palestine, Safadi made a telephone call with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofoed.

The two ministers reviewed the international positions towards any Israeli decision to annex Palestinian lands, especially the European stance that rejects such a move and warns against its consequences.

Safadi thanked his Danish counterpart for his country's stances and commitment and the European Union's continued work to achieve peace on the basis of the international law and a two-state solution as the only way to solve the conflict.

He stressed the urgency of launching serious and direct negotiations on the basis of the international law to implement the two-state solution and protect peace prospects from the unprecedented threat posed by any Israeli decision to annex Palestinian lands.

The two ministers reaffirmed the strong Jordanian-Danish relations and the ongoing coordination and consultation on regional developments.

They also discussed other regional developments and the challenge of keeping the flow of financial allocations needed to meet the needs of refugee.

Safadi and his Norwegian and Danish counterparts also stressed solidarity and cooperation in facing the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions.

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