FM Meets Syrian, Japanese Counterparts

(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency)

Amman, Sept. 22 (Petra)-- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi met, in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Maqdad.
In a ministry statement on Thursday, the two top diplomats discussed the exerted efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis that guarantees the unity and cohesion of Syria, preserves its sovereignty, restores its security and stability and formulates the necessary conditions for the voluntary return of the refugees.
The two sides, according to the statement, also discussed bilateral ties between Amman and Damascus and cooperation that serves their common interests, as the two sides focused on border security issues including combating narcotics trafficking, water, food security and refugees.
Safadi also, according to the statement, held talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi that focused on enhancing bilateral ties between the two friendly countries in addition to the latest developments in the Middle East region and exerted efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region.
The two ministers also discussed the outcomes of the preparatory meeting for the tripartite Jordanian, Egyptian, Japanese meeting in order to coordinate stances on the region's issues and efforts to achieve security and stability.
Safadi, the statement said, valued Japan's role in support of the two-state solution, and briefed his Japanese counterpart on the efforts led by His Majesty King Abdullah II to push for a return to a serious and effective negotiations to achieve peace, expressing his thanks for the support provided by Japan to the development process in Jordan, as well as for the support Japan provides the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and for the Syrian refugees hosted by the Kingdom.
For his part, the Japanese minister stressed, according to the statement, the centrality of the Jordanian role and the efforts led by His Majesty King Abdullah II in order to resolve regional crises, and to enhance cooperation and achieve security, stability and prosperity in the region.


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