Jordan, Yemen talk ties, region

[09-08-2022 10:27 AM]

Ammon News - Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Yemen's Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak Monday discussed in Amman the Jordan-Yemen ties and regional issues, especially the Palestinian cause.

Safadi said Jordan had welcomed the cease-fire that ended Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip and warned against the consequences of the continued absence of negotiations. He condemned the violations in the Israeli Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. He called for international efforts to bring peace based on the two-state solution.

During the meeting, the top diplomats discussed efforts to reach a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis and restore security and stability in the embattled country.

Safadi noted that Jordan is "proud" of its relations with Yemen, adding that Jordan supports Yemen and is keen to strengthen its stability.

He said Jordan welcomes the announcement of extending the cease-fire in Yemen for two months. He said that Jordan supports UN efforts to resolve the Yemeni crisis, emphasising its continued support to the Amman-based UN mission for Yemen.

He highlighted the importance of more work to reach a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis and guarantee its territorial integrity.

In turn, Bin Mubarak praised Jordan's role in establishing security and stability in the region, lauding Jordan's support for the Yemeni people.

Safadi and bin Mubarak signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen bilateral relations and establish a political consultation mechanism between the ministries of foreign affairs in the two countries.

In press statements with his Yemeni counterpart, Safadi stressed that" the relations between the Kingdom and Yemen are historical fraternal relations, and there is continuous cooperation to serve the common interest of the two fraternal countries."

He added, "The Yemeni disaster has caused a lot of suffering. We believe that there is no alternative to a political solution..."

Safadi noted that the discussions focused on the necessity of countering terrorist attacks that target Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.

"As we always reiterate, and as His Majesty, the King, has always emphasised, the security and stability of the Gulf is part of our own. We stand with our brothers in any action they take to protect their interests," he added. Regarding the issue of the FSO Safer, Safadi said, "The Safer is an environmental disaster waiting to happen, and therefore efforts must be intensified more practically and effectively to avoid this disaster."

Safadi highlighted that Jordan has taken in 7,000 Yemeni citizens since the signing of the armistice, adding that Jordan provides political and humanitarian support to Yemen. On the Gaza flare-up, Safadi said the cease-fire ended the Israeli military campaign in Gaza, lauding Egypt's part in that effort. Safadi praised Qatar and the U.S. for their role in stopping the hostilities and restoring security and calm to Gaza. "This aggression came as a reflection of a situation that cannot continue.

Every year and every month, we find ourselves facing a new outbreak of violence; this is due to the absence of the basic solution, which is the two-state solution that embodies the independent Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital on the lines of June 4, 1967, as the only way to resolve the conflict," he explained.

Safadi said, "What we repeatedly condemn is the continuation of violations of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif, and we stress the need to respect the existing historical and legal situation."

Bin Mubarak said that "the Yemeni-Jordanian relations are historical, and there are many common bonds, common history, and common interests."

He added that Jordan is a supporter of Yemen, noting that Jordan hosted a large number of Yemeni internal dialogues and many regional meetings through the office of the UN Envoy in relation to the prisoners issue and opening roads in Taiz.

Bin Mubarak noted that he coordinates permanently with his Jordanian counterpart on many of these issues.

He added, "Jordan supports a peaceful political solution in Yemen based on the three references: international resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcomes of the national dialogue, which is what we want as Yemenis."

He added that his visit to Jordan constitutes an important step "towards institutionalising this sincere brotherly cooperation between Jordan and Yemen," noting that "Jordan has always been a hospitable and welcoming country, and Yemenis have always been welcome in Jordan..."

On reopening the Sanaa Airport, Bin Mubarak said, "From the first moment, we communicated with our brothers in Jordan, and there was a special personal and institutional effort, as Jordan was one of the first countries to streamline this procedure, and as a result, it relieves our people in the areas controlled by the Houthi militia."

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