Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan Ayman Safadi
On January 15, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Ayman Safadi.
Both foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Middle East Region and focused on the situation in Syria and around it. Mr Lavrov underscored the need for consolidating the efforts of all the parties involved to launch the political process in the Syrian Arab Republic. The earliest possible start of the work of the Constitutional Committee under a UN Security Council resolution and decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress is expected to launch this process. In this context, they noted the work with the Syrian parties, conducted by Russia, Turkey and Iran as guarantor countries of the Astana process, to establish the Constitutional Committee. The ministers expressed hope that there would be productive cooperation with the UN Secretary General’s new Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen.
Mr Safadi praised Moscow’s weighty contribution to resolving the conflict in Syria and to creating favourable conditions for the return of Syrian refugees. In this connection, he reaffirmed his country’s interest in continuing joint efforts to dismantle camp Rukban for internally displaced persons on the border with the Syrian Arab Republic.
They also exchanged opinions on the subject of the Middle East peace settlement and noted that there was no alternative to resolving the Palestine-Israeli conflict by political-diplomatic methods on the basis of the generally recognised international legal framework and the Arab Peace Initiative.