FM, Norwegian, Belgian counterparts discuss Syrian crisis

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and his Norwegian and Belgian counterparts on Monday discussed the Arab role in reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis and ending the suffering it caused and the threats to the security of the region. During a phone call with Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt, Safadi said the committee formed by the Arab League on Sunday to follow up on the Amman and Jeddah meetings on the Syrian crisis will keep engaging with the Syrian government to “gradually reach a political solution to the crisis” and address its humanitarian, security, and political ramifications according to a “step-by-step approach” that is in line with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254. On a related note, he pointed out Norway’s central role as a chairman of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) for Coordination of International Aid to the Palestinian People, underlining the severity of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories as well as the absence of prospects for a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution in accordance with the approved references. Huitfeldt affirmed her country’s commitment to the AHLC’s framework and support to find political horizons for the Palestinian cause. The two ministers reiterated the strong Jordanian-Norwegian ties and the adherence to advancing cooperation on regional issues. In a separate phone call with Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib, Safadi gave a briefing on Arab efforts to solve the Syrian crisis, affirming the futility of the crisis management approach and the importance of a new Arab track to gradually solve the crisis and meet the aspirations of the Syrian people, maintain Syria’s unity, cohesion, and sovereignty, address threats caused by the crisis, and provide conditions for the voluntary return of refugees. They also went over relations between the two countries, underscoring their commitment to exploring broader prospects for cooperation.

Source: Jordan News Agency