Foreign Minister holds talks with his Russian counterpart in Sochi

Sochi, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday the two countries are continuing to enhance their relations and boost cooperation in an effort to resolve regional crises and restore security, stability and peace.

During the meeting, the two ministers also highlighted the wide prospects to develop bilateral ties sponsored by His Majesty King Abdullah II and President Vladimir Putin on the basis of transparency, confidence, openness and the keenness to increase economic, investment, trade, cultural and defense cooperation.

Safadi conveyed His Majesty’s congratulations to President Putin on his re-election as leader of the Russian Federation.

During talks in the Russian city of Sochi, the two ministers discussed regional developments, particularly efforts aimed to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution and a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

The two top diplomats stressed the continuation of working towards a political solution to the Syrian crisis through the Geneva process and in accordance with resolution 2254, which preserves the unity of Syria.

On Syria’s deconfliction areas, they underscored their commitment to maintaining the descalation agreement in southwestern Syria, reached through Jordanian-US-Russian talks in Amman, a step aimed to reach a comprehensive halt to fighting in Syria and to achieve a political solution.

They stressed the importance of ending the deadlock in the peace process and working to find quick prospects for the two-state solution.

In a joint press conference, Safadi said the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, is the only way to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace.

The holy city of Jerusalem is the key to peace as affirmed by His Majesty King Abdullah II, he said, affirming Jerusalem will be the city of peace when East Jerusalem becomes the capital of the Palestinian state, and oppression and occupation end.

In response to a question, Safadi said the Jordanian-Syrian borders are a bridge to deliver aid to the brotherly Syrian people and no weapons enter to Syria through them.

On a related context, Jordan hopes security, stability and peace will return to Syria, where “there is no chaos, no terrorism, no sectarian militias,” in a bid to restore normal life and open borders.

Source: Jordan News Agency