Amman / WAM
King Abdullah II of Jordan has received HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as part of his visit to Jordan, in the presence of Ayman Al Safadi, Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
Sheikh Abdullah conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Jordanian King and expressed their wishes for Jordan to achieve more progress and development.
King Abdullah, in turn, conveyed his greeting to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, and extended reciprocal wishes for the UAE’s progress and prosperity.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the existing relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them in various fields, especially in economic, trade and investment areas. They also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of common concern and discussed the latest developments in the region, as well as the international community efforts to combat terrorism.
King Abdullah welcomed Sheikh Abdullah’s visit, reiterating the importance of the visit in deepening brotherly relations between the two countries and peoples.
Sheikh Abdullah stressed the deep historical ties between the UAE and Jordan and their common interest in developing them in various fields for the benefit of both countries.
The meeting was attended by Matar Saif Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Jordan, and Abdullah Matar Al Mazrouei, Director of the Arab Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
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Sheikh Abdullah also met Ayman Al Safadi, Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, as part of his official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom.
The two sides held talks at the Jordanian Foreign Ministry headquarters, emphasising the fraternal ties between the UAE and Jordan, adding that these ties are moving steadily towards wider horizons of cooperation and coordination across political, economic and defence sectors, under the direction of the nations’ leadership.
Sheikh Abdullah and Al Safadi said that the UAE and Jordan will continue to take all necessary measures to further strengthen and develop relations, reflecting the interests of both countries and their peoples. The Jordanian Minister expressed his appreciation of the UAE’s support to the Kingdom across its economic and development arenas.
The two sides also reviewed progress made on the implementation of cooperation agreements signed between the two countries during the Joint Committee meetings held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
They also exchanged views on regional developments, particularly those related to the issue of Palestine and the crisis in Syria. Sheikh Abdullah and Al Safadi stressed the importance of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital, to achieve a comprehensive and lasting peace in the region.
The two sides warned of the consequences of Israel’s continued unilateral actions that undermine the two-state solution and try to impose new realities on the ground, especially in occupied Jerusalem, altering the status of its holy sites.
Al Safadi then briefed Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed on the latest developments in preparation for extraordinary ministerial conference co-chaired by Jordan, Egypt and Sweden, to secure the financial means that UNRWA needs to fulfil its important mandate, pending a peaceful and just solution to the Middle East conflict.
Concerning the Syrian crisis, the two sides reaffirmed that there is no military solution to the crisis and that there is a need to support efforts towards obtaining a peaceful political solution to the conflict via the Geneva Process, according to UNSC Resolution 2254. The Foreign Ministers stressed the importance behind the immediate implementation of UNSC Resolution 2401, that demands all parties to Syria’s seven-year-long conflict to cease hostilities without delay for at least 30 consecutive days, enabling weekly humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations of the critically sick and wounded in areas under siege.
They also covered the issue of Syrian refugees, where Al Safadi noted that Jordan currently hosts 1.3 million Syrian refugees, with ten percent residing in refugee camps. He went on to say that despite the pressures placed on the education, health and infrastructure sectors, Jordan continues to carry out its humanitarian duty towards its Syrian brothers.
Sheikh Abdullah and Al Safadi also reviewed regional issues of mutual concerning, emphasising the need for regional parties to halt their interference in the affairs of Arab states, based on the principles of non-interference and maintaining good neighbourly relations according to international standards.
Al Safadi reiterated UAE’s sovereignty over its three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, and reiterated its support for all peaceful means and measures taken by the UAE to restore its sovereignty over the occupied islands.
Later, Sheikh Abdullah held a joint press conference with Ayman Al Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan.
In his statement, Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the strategic relations between the two countries and their mutual respect while pointing out that the UAE is home to over 200,000 Jordanians, who are helping to develop these relations, whether on a humanitarian level or through supporting the UAE’s overall development and advancement.
“Jordan will have a strong presence in the Expo 2020 Dubai, which will be the first time that an event of this importance will be held in an Arab or Muslim country. We are looking forward to Jordan’s strong participation, as we have always known it will be,” Sheikh Abdullah said.
“There are many challenges facing the region, and we aim to listen to the points of view of our brothers in Jordan regarding these challenges and to work together to face them,” he added.
Sheikh Abdullah confirmed that an agreement was made during the meeting to strengthen the overall co-operation between both countries and discuss the signing of several Memorandums of Understanding and joint agreements during the coming months.
Sheikh Abdullah affirmed his desire to support Jordan, which has a special place in the hearts of every Emirati.
The meeting was attended by Mattar Saif Sulaiman Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Jordan, and Abdullah Matar Al Mazrouei, Director of the Arab Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.