Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
On September 10-11, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was on a working visit to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In Amman, he was granted an audience with King Abdullah II, and held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi.
The conversations that took place during the visit focused on further strengthening the traditionally friendly relations between Russia and Jordan with an emphasis on the implementation of agreements reached during King Abdullah’s visit to the Russian Federation in January 2017, including joint projects in energy, tourism, culture, and humanitarian exchanges.
Sergey Lavrov and Ayman Safadi signed a Visa Waiver Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for holders of diplomatic, special or service passports.
The parties also had a detailed exchange of opinions on the situation in the Middle East in the face of potentially explosive internal conflicts and the terrorist threat that remains a destabilising factor in terms of regional and international security.
The two ministers confirmed the commitment by Russia and Jordan to the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, and stressed that the Syrian crisis could not be resolved other than through inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254. They also praised the cooperation between Moscow and Amman within the framework of the Astana Process to strengthen the ceasefire regime in Syria, including in the southern de-escalation zone.
Regarding Iraq, the two officials noted that Haider al-Abadi’s Government made decisive progress in fighting terrorism and taking over territories controlled by ISIS. They expressed their common view on the need to achieve intra-Iraqi conciliation through dialogue between all the political forces, ethnic and religious groups. At the same time, they expressed their commitment to Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as a unified federative state.
Regarding the Middle East Peace Process, the two ministers confirmed Russia’s and Jordan’s unwavering commitment to the two-state-solution to the Palestinian issue under a universally recognised international legal framework, including the Arab Peace Initiative, and the need to launch sustainable Israeli-Palestinian talks without delay.
Sergey Lavrov also met with the heads of Jordan’s friendship associations with Russia and alumni associations of Soviet and Russian universities.