Safadi, al-Jaafari affirm concrete steps to boost cooperation…..Updated

Amman, Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi and his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari affirmed on Sunday determination of the two countries to take all steps to develop bilateral relations and boost cooperation in all fields.

During their meeting, the two ministers stressed the importance of the progress the two countries have made in creating legislative frameworks and the completion of the agreements necessary to enhance trade, economic and investment exchange and facilitate cross-border movement after the opening of the Trebil crossing.

They said Jordan and Iraq have the firm political will to launch prospects for wider cooperation in all sectors and overcome all obstacles countering the increased cooperation.

On the region, the two ministers also went over the latest developments related to the Palestinian cause, the Syrian crisis and the war on terrorism, as well as several regional and international issues of common interest.

Safadi congratulated al-Jaafari on the victory achieved by the Iraqi army against the terrorist Daesh gangs, and described it “a victory for all humanity” as the Iraqi people have offered great sacrifices fighting the terrorists and “their darkness”.

Jaafari thanked Jordan for its support for Iraq in its war on terrorism, and praised the Kingdom’s firm stances led by His Majesty King Abdullah II in backing Iraq at various levels.

The two ministers said the two countries will maintain defense and security cooperation to confront the Daesh terrorism at the military, security and ideological levels.

They stressed their keenness to cooperate in the reconstruction of Iraq as Jaafari welcomes a key Jordanian role in the process.

On the Iraq reconstruction, Safadi said Jordan will contribute with all its resources to the reconstruction process and recognizes the importance of Iraq restoring its full role as a cornerstone for the stability and security of the region, which will serve common Arab and Islamic issues.

Safadi stressed Jordan’s support for the efforts of the Iraqi government in the reconstruction and its endeavors to bolster security, and pointed to the importance of the upcoming elections as a major step in augmenting the democratic process that entrenches the state of citizenship.

Al-Jaafari thanked Jordan for the facilities it provided to ensure the success of the voting process of the Iraqi community here in the Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled 12, May, 2018.

On the peace process, Safadi and al-Jaafari stressed the centrality of the Palestinian cause, and said the realization of comprehensive peace and security in the region is a prerequisite for justice to the brotherly Palestinian people on the basis of a two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital on the 4th, June, 1976 lines.

As for Syria, the two ministers also discussed efforts to end the suffering of the Syrian people and reach a political solution to the crisis acceptable to the Syrian people and guarantee Syria’s unity, cohesion and independence.

The two ministers said the difficult circumstances the Arab countries are battling call for maintaining communication and intensifying coordination and consultation on regional issues and developments to protect the Arab interests and overcome those crises.

In a joint press conference, Safadi stressed that Jordan has been, and will continue to be “an asset” to Iraq, adding that “Iraq was Jordan’s largest trade partner and we seek to restore relations not only in the economic sphere but also in all other areas”.

The minister underlined the strong defense and security cooperation between the two countries, stressing that Jordan will stand by Iraq in the reconstruction phase just as it stood with it in the fight against terrorism.

Jaafari, for his part, affirmed the historical relations between the two countries. “We are determined to deepen our relations”, the Iraqi minister said.

In response to a question on the decision to transfer the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Safadi said “our position on Jerusalem is clear and we expressed that position directly within the framework of the Arab League”.

He also pointed out to efforts exerted by the Kingdom to limit the negative consequences of the resolution through Jordan’s bilateral contacts, and the Arab ministerial delegation chaired by Jordan.

He said that efforts will continue in coordination with the Arab League and with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the current president of the summit.

Safadi said that he was in contact with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair to coordinate efforts, noting contacts and Arab efforts exerted the international community would minimize the negative consequences of the decision.

The minister also stressed that “Jerusalem is, as His Majesty the King has always said,” the key to peace” and an Arab strategic option, based on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders.

Jaafari also emphasized the Arab position on Jerusalem, noting that the Palestinian issue is the central cause in the region.

Source: Jordan News Agency