Foreign Minister holds talks with his Russian counterpart in Sochi, 1st, Final Add

Safadi noted that Jordan is hosting 1.3 million Syrian refugees, and said the Kingdom has been a starting point for providing aid to Syria and continues to help the Syrian people in the country despite all economic pressures and difficulties.

He added that Jordan in keen on promoting relations with Russia in all economic, investment, trade, defense cultural and education fields.

On Syria, the foreign minister said Jordan and Russia see eye to eye that there is no solution except through a political one agreed upon through the Geneva process and in accordance with the 2254 resolution.

“We also agree on the need to protect the de-escalation zone in the southwest of Syria,” Safadi said, pointing out that this agreement was reached through a trilateral Jordanian-Russian-American dialogue, which proved to be the best ceasefire agreement in Syria to date.

“On our first central issue, the Palestinian issue, we appreciate the Russian firm position in supporting the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its sole capital to achieve security and stability in the region,” Safadi said.

In turn, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said: “”We discussed several important issues, including the development of bilateral relations, and gave special attention to the development of our economic and trade relationship. We also discussed the fourth meeting of the Jordanian-Russian Joint Committee on Trade, Economic and Scientific Cooperation to be held in the third quarter of this year.” As for Syria, Lavrov stressed his country’s support for Jordan’s efforts to fight Daesh terrorist group in Syrian territory, in parallel to reaching a political solution,” adding that “all Russian and Jordanian efforts aimed at resolving the Syrian crisis in accordance with the 2254 Security Council resolution.” “Both Russia and Jordan are keen on efforts to establish a Syrian dialogue and implement tasks set out in the 2254 resolution,” Lavrov said. “We are cooperating within the framework of the Astana process, where Jordan participates as an observer,” he noted.

“We will also cooperate to support the cessation of escalation in the de-escalation zones in the southwest of Syria, near the border with Jordan,” the Russian minister said, adding: “We agreed today to continue cooperation in this area, both bilateral and trilateral format.” “Of course we are concerned about the situation in the Middle East today,” he said, stressing his country’s support for efforts to resume peace negotiations.

Lavrov said Moscow’s initiative to hold a summit meeting in Russia between the Palestinian and Israeli leaders for direct and unconditional dialogue “is still in place.” Regarding other regional issues, including Iraq, Lavrov emphasized the Kingdom’s important role in ending crises through a comprehensive dialogue with the participation of all political forces.

“We have had very useful talks and we agreed to continue such talks,” the Russian minister concluded.

Source: Jordan News Agency