Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi
On January 24, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Foreign Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Ayman Safadi, who is in Moscow on a working visit.
The two foreign ministers had an extensive exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa in the context of the regional and international security threats and challenges posed by the growing conflict potential in this large region.
In this respect, they focused particularly on Syria, reaffirming Moscow’s and Amman’s positions of principle to support Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity. They stressed the need to coordinate efforts to combat the terrorist groups present in Syria and underscored that there is no alternative to political settlement of the Syrian conflict through broad intra-Syrian dialogue without preconditions and with the international community’s active support. They noted the contribution made by the meeting between representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups that signed the ceasefire agreement of December 29, 2016, organised at Russia’s initiative in Astana on January 23−24, to launching an inclusive negotiation process, with talks to resume in Geneva on February 8. They also stressed the need to increase humanitarian aid for the affected population and for Syrian refugees in other countries, including Jordan.
On the subject of Iraq, the two officials expressed support for the Iraqi government’s efforts to eradicate hotbeds of international terrorism in the form of ISIS. At the same time, they noted that resolving the deep-reaching problems in Iraq, scarred by many years of internal conflict, will be possible only on the basis of inclusive dialogue with participation of all political, ethnic and religious groups operating within the framework of international law. They also stressed the importance of preserving Iraq as a unified federal state and guaranteeing its sovereignty.
On the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Mr Lavrov and Mr Safadi noted the need for effective efforts by outside players to de-escalate tensions in the Palestinian territories and restore Palestinian unity as essential preconditions for resuming the negotiating process. They noted that the main task in this work is to preserve the prospects for a two-state solution to the Palestinian question, which requires practical steps to break the deadlock in the peace process and restore trust between the parties to the conflict.
Mr Lavrov and Mr Safadi also discussed current bilateral affairs, looking at prospects for further developing the traditionally friendly ties between the two countries, including active support for a trust-based political dialogue.