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Jordan, Russia seek ‘inclusive solution’ to Syria crisis
By JT - Aug 19,2016 - Last updated at Aug 20,2016
His Majesty King Abdullah meets with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov in Amman on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)
AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov over the latest developments in Syria.
They discussed means to address the Syrian crisis in a way that guarantees Syria's unity and ends the suffering of its people, according to a Royal Court statement.
At the meeting, which was attended by HRH Prince Feisal, His Majesty and Bogdanov underlined the importance of intensifying cooperation and coordination between Russia and the US regarding efforts exerted to reach an inclusive political solution to the conflict in Syria.
Talks also addressed regional and international efforts in combating terrorism in line with a comprehensive strategy, the statement added.
The Russian official expressed Moscow's appreciation for Jordan’s contributions to handling the Syrian refugee influx, and the humanitarian and relief aid it provides to Syrian refugees. He stressed Russia's support to all endeavours seeking to secure a safe return of the refugees to their country.
Jordan hosts around 1.3 million Syrians, including more than 600,000 registered refugees, the majority of whom live outside the two designated camps in Zaatari and Azraq.
King’s Military Adviser and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Gen. Mashal Al Zaben and King’s Adviser on National Security Affairs and General Intelligence Department Director Gen. Faisal Shobaki attended the meeting.
Also on Thursday, Prime Minister Hani Mulki met with Bogdanov over bilateral relations and the latest regional developments, especially in the Palestinian and Syrian arenas, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The premier called on Russia to urge the international community to provide the necessary assistance to Jordan to help it mitigate the repercussions of the burden of hosting Syrian refugees on the country and host communities.
He added that the problems and challenges facing the Middle East are mainly attributed to the lack of a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue, stressing that peace is no longer an interest for Arabs alone, but it rather serves regional and international peace and security.
Bogdanov said his visit to the Kingdom is aimed at getting acquainted with Jordan’s vision regarding regional developments, expressing his appreciation for the Kingdom’s role in enhancing peace and stability in the Middle East.
AMMAN — US President Donald Trump’s recent statements about the one-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict have unleashed a stre
As the joint Jordanian-Palestinian bid at the UN Security Council on December 30 calling for the end of Israeli occupation in three years failed, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) moved forward with joining the International Criminal Court (ICC), requesting the launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, analysts say the solution to the conflict on the long run is a diplomatic and economic isolation of Israel.
The Geneva II Conference, which opens on Wednesday, “must deliver real change in the lives of ordinary Syrians”, said aid agency Oxfam in a statement issued on Tuesday.
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