FM, Palestinian official discuss peace process

Amman, Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi on Saturday discussed with Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Executive Committee Saeb Erekat ways to break the deadlock in the peace process, in coordination with the Arab countries as well as dealing with Israeli unilateral actions that undermine the two-state solution.

Safadi and Erekat called on the international community to move towards breaking this deadlock and reproduce serious and effective negotiations to resolve the conflict on the basis of a two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on pre-June 4, 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital as the only way to achieve comprehensive peace.

Both officials underlined the need for the international community to take a firm stance against settlement policies that constitute a flagrant violation of international legal laws and undermine chances of achieving peace.

Safadi and Erekat also stressed that Jerusalem is a red line, warning of the consequences of Israel’s attempts to change its Arab and Islamic identity as a provocation to Muslims and Christians.

They underscored the need to continue supporting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to enable it to continue its role in accordance with its mandate.

Erekat said the Palestinian leadership appreciates Jordan’s support for the Palestinian legitimacy and lauds its efforts, led by His Majesty King Abdullah, to support the Palestinian people, their right to freedom and statehood on their national soil as well as efforts of the King, the custodian of Islamic and Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem to protect these sites.

Safadi congratulated the State of Palestine on chairing the UN Group of 77, which begins its works on January 15.

Source: Jordan News Agency