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Jordan, Algeria agree to activate joint action panels

By JT - Jan 14,2014 - Last updated at Jan 14,2014

AMMAN — Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Tuesday underlined the “deep” Jordanian-Algerian relationship and the Kingdom’s commitment to building on them at all levels.

At a meeting with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtan Lamamra, the premier said cooperation between the two countries has prospered during the last few decades, especially in economic, education, industry, aviation and media areas.

Ensour highlighted challenges facing the Kingdom due to regional unrest and hosting a huge number of Syrian refugees, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Discussions also covered the latest developments in the region, especially the Palestinian issue and the Syrian crisis.

For his part, Lamamra underlined his country’s keenness to improve cooperation with Jordan, calling for reactivating the work of joint committees.

He noted that there are several Algerian companies operating in the Kingdom.

The official congratulated Jordan for securing a UN Security Council seat.

Also on Monday, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh met with Lamamra and discussed prospects for further cooperation.

Judeh acquainted the official with the outcomes of the Friends of Syria meeting in Paris, which was held on Sunday, in addition to the results of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee’s talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials.

He also highlighted the course of negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis and efforts to render them a success to arrive at the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, according to Petra.

The two parties called for expediting efforts to hold the Geneva II conference in order to come up with a political solution for the Syrian crisis.

Meanwhile, Judeh met with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn and looked into the latest regional developments and peace efforts.

At a press conference following the meeting, Judeh stressed the importance of coordinating with Luxembourg as Jordan is a non-permanent UN Security Council member, noting that Asselborn was on a visit to Jordan to take part in an event held by international organisations, intellectuals and diplomats to talk about the aftermath of the Syrian crisis.

Planning Minister Ibrahim Saif also met separately with Asselborn and discussed the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordan. 

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