Safadi, Tillerson Discuss Ties, Region

January 19, 2018

Washington, Jan. 19 (Petra) -- Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi and his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson, on Thursday discussed Amman-Washington bilateral ties and ways to foster them in various fields.

The two top diplomats also discussed the Palestinian issue, developments pertaining to funding the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), as well as efforts to embark on a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Safadi and Tillerson meeting touched on renewing a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on military and economic support to the Kingdom, expected to be penned soon.

The two ministers expressed commitment to further develop relations between both countries, in a bid to bring about peace and security in the Mideast region.

During the meeting, they tackled the latest developments related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, to which Safadi voiced Jordan's rejection of the U.S. decision to recognize the Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Jerusalem, Safadi said, is a final status issue that can only be decided through negotiations and in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions.

The issue of Jerusalem, he stressed, must be settled within a comprehensive peace agreement based on the two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, along the 1967 borders, living side by side with Israel.

He also underscored the need of making the funding of UNRWA sustainable, referring to the important political and humanitarian role played by the UN agency.

For Syria, they discussed developments in the de-escalation zone in southern Syria, an agreement was reached between Amman, Washington and Moscow. They also agreed to maintain consultation on ways to address regional challenges.
Petra News Agency
January 19, 2018