FM, Norwegian counterpart discuss ties, regional developments

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, and his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Eriksen Soreide, discussed on Thursday mechanisms for developing cooperation in various fields and deepening coordination regarding efforts to solve regional crises and achieve security and stability.


During their talks over phone, the duo stressed the joint keenness to enhance the partnership between the two kingdoms and open “broader” horizons of cooperation.


The two ministers also stressed the importance of multilateral action in facing the Covid-19 pandemic and addressing its consequences.


Safadi highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to address the pandemic, through a work mechanism that strikes a balance between protecting citizens’ health and maintaining economic performance to mitigate the pandemic’s consequences.


Despite the pandemic’s consequences, the economic reform program agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is moving forward and showing positive indicators, according to Safadi.


Safadi noted the Kingdom is continuing with the two economic and political reform processes that His Majesty King Abdullah II has identified as a priority according to specific programs aimed to achieve goals that will enhance the development process in all its aspects.


Discussing the regional issues, the two ministers reviewed the Palestinian cause developments, as they stressed the importance of creating a political horizon to return to “serious and effective” negotiations to resolve the conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, which Safadi stressed is the only way to achieve permanent and comprehensive peace.


The two ministers also reviewed preparations for the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee for Coordination of International Aid to the Palestinian People (AHLC), chaired by Norway, on the February 23 at the level of senior officials.


The two ministers agreed on the importance of the meeting in launching steps capable of supporting the Palestinian economy, especially amid the circumstances triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in confirming the importance of “effective” international action to resume negotiations, especially with the new US administration, and the positive gestures that it has issued.


The Liaison Committee, which was formed in 1993 by the Multilateral Steering Group for Peace in the Middle East within the framework of the Washington Conference after the signing of the Oslo Accords, aims to help the Palestinians build state capabilities and institutions, and is considered a coordination mechanism for providing aid to the Palestinian people and coordination between donors and the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government.


Safadi appreciated Norway’s position in support of the two-state solution and the efforts it is making to build a positive environment for a return to negotiations and support for the Palestinian economy and the continued support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).


The talks dealt with efforts to solve the Syrian crisis, the situation in Iraq and other issues in the region, especially the refugee burden, which requires collective international action to address it.


In this context, Soreide appreciated Jordan’s “great” humanitarian efforts in helping refugees.


The two ministers affirmed their continued joint coordination to work together in efforts to resolve regional crises, and their keenness to develop effective partnership that brings the two kingdoms together in addressing regional challenges.


Source: Jordan News Agency