OTHMAN MEETS GENERAL LABOR CONFEDERATION HEAD

Internal Security Forces chief, Major General Imad Othman, on Monday received at his ISF office, the President of the General Labor Confederation, Dr. Bechara Al-Asmar, whereby they discussed the country’s current livelihood and economic conditions.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

King meets Belgium monarch

His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, met with King Philippe of the Belgians in Brussels. The meeting covered the historical and friendly relations between the two countries as well as cooperation in various fields. The current developments in Gaza and regional and international efforts to prevent a deterioration of the humanitarian situation there were also discussed. In addition, the meeting covered the two countries’ keenness to work on achieving just and comprehensive peace on the basis of the two-state solution.

Source: Jordan News Agency

King meets Belgium PM, warns against reaching point of no return in Gaza, sliding into regional war

His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday in Brussels met with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and discussed the dangerous deterioration in Gaza, warning against reaching a point of no return and sliding into a regional war. King Abdullah renewed the call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and protecting civilians, warning against the expansion of the conflict into the West Bank and the explosion of the situation in Jerusalem. At the meeting attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, His Majesty highlighted the need for the uninterrupted delivery of food, medicine, water, and fuel to Gaza, calling for maintaining support to international organisations working in the Strip. The King stressed that a military or security solution will not resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and that a political solution is needed to achieve just and comprehensive peace on the basis of the two-state solution. For his part, Prime Minister De Croo reaffirmed his country’s support for a ceasefire in Gaza, and the need to allow the delivery of aid to the Strip, in addition to the importance of abiding by the international law and protecting civilians. Discussions also covered means of enhancing cooperation between Jordan and Belgium in various fields, with His Majesty expressing keenness on deepening and expanding bilateral ties. The Belgian prime minister expressed his country’s keenness on expanding cooperation with Jordan as a key partner in the region. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Jordan’s Ambassador in Belgium Saja Majali attended the meeting.

Source: Jordan News Agency

King tells NATO everyone is paying price for absence of political solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict

His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday said that everyone today is paying the price of the absence of a political solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, calling for a comprehensive approach to regional security based on resolving the Palestinian issue. At a meeting in Brussels with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and members of the North Atlantic Council, King Abdullah called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the protection of civilians. His Majesty said at the meeting, attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, that dealing with the day after the war must begin with addressing the root cause of the conflict, on the basis of the two-state solution. Calling for stopping Israeli settlers’ attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, the King warned of an explosion of the situation in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The secretary general and North Atlantic Council members, who represent NATO member states, warned of further aggravation of the situation and the spillover of the crisis and conflict into the West Bank and Al Haram Al Sharif in Jerusalem. They also expressed concern over the increasing number of civilian casualties, highlighting the need for Israel to abide by international law, which requires the protection of civilians. Attendees also called for a ceasefire that allows the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, warning against a famine among civilians and more death among the sick and injured in hospitals. They rejected labelling the conflict as one between East and West as some may seek to do, noting the importance of finding a political solution based on the two-state solution. The NATO secretary general and members of the North Atlantic Council commended Jordan’s role, under His Majesty’s leadership, in working towards regional peace and safeguarding holy sites in Jerusalem, in addition to the Kingdom’s humanitarian role. The meeting also covered means of enhancing partnership and capacity-building between Jordan and NATO. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Jordan’s Ambassador to Belgium Saja Majali attended the meeting.

Source: Jordan News Agency

FM meets Belgian counterpart in Brussels

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, met in Brussels on Monday with his Belgian counterpart Hadja Lahbib. The meeting, held on the sidelines of His Majesty King Abdullah’s visit to Brussels, covered developments in the situation in Gaza and efforts to end the war. Safadi expressed gratitude to Belgium for voting in favor of the resolution that Jordan, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, presented to the UN General Assembly on ending the war, the need to protect civilians, and the need to uphold legal and humanitarian obligations. Safadi emphasized the need of putting an end to the raging war on Gaza and the humanitarian catastrophe it is creating, as well as the urgency of providing the Palestinians in the Strip with humanitarian aid.

Source: Jordan News Agency

FM calls EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, spoke by phone with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. The phone call is part of the ongoing consultation on ways to intensify efforts aimed at stopping the war, ensuring the protection of civilians, and respecting the rules of international law and international humanitarian law. Safadi briefed Borrell on the outcomes of the recent meeting between the US Secretary of State and the foreign ministers of Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, and the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Arab position reflected in the meeting. The meeting had emphasized the need to put an end to the bloody conflict in Gaza and the killings that follow, while rejecting the idea that it is self-defense.

Source: Jordan News Agency