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Judeh participates in Union for the Mediterranean meeting

By AFP - Nov 13,2012 - Last updated at Nov 13,2012

BRUSSELS — Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Monday participated in a meeting at the permanent office of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

European Parliament President Martin Schulz presided over the meeting, where discussions covered Euro-Mediterranean cooperation efforts during Jordan’s co-presidency.

As of last September, Jordan officially assumed the southern co-presidency of the UfM for the next two years, with the EU as the northern co-president.

During the meeting, attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Judeh said Jordan would “spare no efforts” to make sure the union will prove successful.

He voiced appreciation for the EU’s confidence in Jordan by choosing it as co-president for its “moderate, constructive policies” which are based on “dialogue and understanding”.

The foreign minister emphasised the importance of dealing seriously with regional projects, which are the main pillars for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, and reiterated their importance in changing people’s lives.

Judeh also called for providing all necessary support to ensure the success of such projects, especially by encouraging private European companies to participate and invest in these projects.

The UfM was launched on July 13, 2008 at the Paris summit as a continuation of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, also known as the Barcelona Process, established at the Barcelona Conference in 1995.

The UfM constitutes a framework for political, economic and social relations between the European Union and the southern and eastern Mediterranean countries, and is inspired by the goals set out in the Barcelona Declaration.

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