Lawmakers, FM discuss ties, region with Slovenia deputy PM

Jordan is keen on developing its relations with Slovenia in order to serve the interests of both countries and peoples, Senate President Faisal Fayez said on Thursday. 
During a meeting in which he received Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miro Cerar, Fayez said that Jordan and Slovenia “see eye-to-eye” on several issues, with the war on terrorism and extremism and finding political solutions to all Middle Eastern issues topping the list, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 
The region is suffering from political conflicts and crises that have affected the Kingdom greatly, the president said, noting that despite economic difficulties, Jordan continues its humanitarian efforts towards more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees within its borders.
He pointed out that the cost of hosting Syrian refugees up until the end of 2017 totalled $10.3 billion, adding that this contributed to exacerbating the Kingdom’s economic challenges and increasing the rates of debt, poverty and unemployment, especially after the international community honoured only 25 per cent of its commitments towards hosting refugees.  
Fayez also highlighted that it is important for the international community to be aware that "terrorism has no religion" and that it should be fought with organised international strategy, referring to the Kingdom’s efforts in the war against terrorism and extremism. 
The president also said that ending the Arab-Israeli conflict is the basis for solving all regional issues, and necessitates defending the Palestinian cause through just and comprehensive means according to the two-state solution and relevant international legitimacy resolutions and in a way that enables Palestinians to establish an independent state on the pre-1967 lines. 
Fayez also voiced His Majesty King Abdullah’s keenness to develop economic ties with Slovenia in all fields and sectors, calling for the creation of more economic partnerships and investment opportunities for both countries.
For his part, Cerar praised Jordan for its role in hosting a large number of refugees despite the Kingdom’s limited resources and difficult economic conditions, commending King Abdullah’s international role in realising regional peace and stability. 
Also on Thursday, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh met with the Slovenian diplomat over means of sustaining coordination and cooperation in all fields and working on activating economic partnership agreements, Petra reported. 
The meeting went over means to boost parliamentary cooperation and enhance commercial partnership, as well as regional issues, mainly the Palestinian issue and the importance of the two-state solution. 
In a separate meeting on Thursday, Cerar met Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi to discuss ways to develop bilateral cooperation, as well as the latest regional developments. 
Safadi and Cerar stressed the importance of building strong bilateral ties and reviewed measures to enhance cooperation in various fields, a Foreign Ministry statement said. 
During the meeting, Cerar lauded continuous efforts under the leadership of King Abdullah towards enhancing regional peace and stability. 
Safadi reiterated the significance of intensifying efforts towards a two-state solution, lauding Slovenia’s support for it as the only way to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. 
Talks also went over efforts to resolve the Syrian, Yemini and Libyan crises and efforts exerted in the war against terror.
The two countries will work to sign the agreements needed and create a legislative framework to enhance economic and investment cooperation, in addition to developing partnership with the private sector, Razzaz said.
The Slovenian minister stressed that he will urge the European Union to assist Jordan with grants rather than loans. 
A fourth meeting between Cerar and Minister of Industry and Trade Tareq Hammouri addressed means to boost economic cooperation between Amman and Ljubljana in various fields and maximising the benefits from available opportunities in both countries, according to Petra. 

Jordan Times 
7 November 2019