BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi met with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in Amman, yesterday, to discuss a number of topics currently affecting the region.
Among the topics discussed between the two foreign diplomats on Tuesday was the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli crisis and Jordan’s take on the situation.
“On the peace process, look, I mean, Jordan has been consistent all through. His majesty has been more than clear that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the key conflict in the region, and its resolution is the only path to comprehensive peace, which we all want,” Safadi began.
“All Arab states, Jordan included, have said we wanted comprehensive and lasting peace with Israel, but we also said in order for that to happen, the legitimate rights of the Palestinians, but particularly their right to statehood and freedom on June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as capital, is a must,” he continued.
“So we’re going to continue to do that, and again, as friends, as allies, we might have agreements and disagreements, but you can count on us always having frank and open and thorough discussion too as to see how we can overcome differences and move collectively in an effective manner towards our common goal of global peace and stability,” he added on the topic.
Safadi would then switch to the topic of Israel’s current occupation of the Golan Heights; he called on the latter to immediately withdraw from the region and adhere to the UN resolutions that were put forth after Israel captured the area.
“The Golan Heights is in occupied Syrian territory. International law is clear on that. It has to be treated as such, and therefore our position is that Israel needs to withdraw from that territory, again, within the framework of a peace agreement that will deliver the comprehensive peace that we want,” he told the audience.
“The Arab Peace Initiative has been on the table since 2002 as an offer, as an invitation for Israel to come and sit on the table with a view to reaching a comprehensive peace that will also address Israel’s rights to security and acceptance and normal ties with the Arab world. This is our position and we continue to stand by it because we believe it’s the only way to achieve the comprehensive peace that we all want,” Safadi added.