FM, counterparts discuss Israeli annexation decision, COVID-19

08-06-2020 04:16 PM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and Ireland Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney discussed over the phone, Monday, the ramifications of the Israeli decision to annex parts of the occupied West Bank if Israel were to follow through on it.

The top diplomats warned that such a decision would undermine any two-state solution and achieving regional peace, as Coveney stressed that his country opposes the Israeli decision, which is aimed at annexing a third of the occupied West Bank, that violates international law.

Safadi praised Ireland for its staunch position, and its effort exerted within EU platforms and other bilateral and international channels to make Israel backtrack on its decision, and to warn of and raise awareness about its repercussions.

Also, Safadi discussed over the phone with Finland Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto the necessity of saving no effort in stopping Israel from following through on its decision, which saw international opposition.

Safadi commended Finland for its position on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which still clinches to the two-state solution as the only viable solution to ending the decades-long conflict.

In the discussions with his Finnish and Irish counterparts, Safadi underscored the important role of the EU in the effort exerted to prevent the implementation of the Israeli decision and ending the conflict in a way that would satisfy all concerned parties and fulfill the peoples’ ambitions.

In a similar phone call, Safadi and Secretary-General of the PLO Consecutive Committee Saeb Erekat discussed effort exerted to mobilize the international community in rejecting the Israeli decision and the work undertaken to make it backtrack on the decision.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 crisis was not absent from the discussions as the diplomats discussed the economic and social fallout of the pandemic.

To that end, Safadi took part in dialogue organized by the International Economic Forum (IEF) to discuss the global developments, chief of which is the COVID-19 pandemic, a lung disease caused by the highly contagious coronavirus.

The dialogue, which saw the participation of foreign ministers from countries such as Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey and Germany, figured high on ways to address the pandemic’s economic and social fallout.

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