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UK Gravely Concerned About Rising Violence In Palestinian Territories

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) LONDON, March 22 (KUNA) -- UK foreign secretary expressed Wednesday grave concern about the recent increase in violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.
In a press statement following his meeting with Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in London, Secretary James Cleverly affirmed the UK's active support for steps to de-escalate tensions, including the recent meetings of the parties hosted by Jordan in Aqaba and Egypt in Sharm El-Sheikh.
He stressed that the UK remains committed to a two-state solution to the conflict.
The UK top diplomat praised Jordan's role as a force for stability in the Middle East and a generous host of refugees.
He added that the UK is continuing to provide humanitarian and development assistance to Jordan.
The ministers discussed the situation in Syria following the tragic earthquake of 6 February.
The UK foreign secretary underlined the importance of unimpeded humanitarian access so that aid reaches populations in need in Syria, including through continued cross-border access to northern Syria.
He reiterated the UK's support for a political settlement in Syria in line with Security Council Resolution 2254.
On bilateral relations, the ministers renewed their commitment to maintaining the strong strategic partnership between the UK and Jordan, based on the rich and positive shared history between our two countries and peoples.
Secretary Cleverly highlighted the UK's decision this month to include Jordan as an early participant in our Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme as a reflection of their close ties.
The scheme will bring many benefits in facilitating business and tourism travel for Jordanian visitors to the UK. (end)


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