Jordan’s FM voices support to Egypt’s water security, urges agreement on GERD

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Safadi's statement came during a press conference with his Egyptian and Iraqi counterparts in Cairo

Jordan’s FM

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Tuesday said his country supports all steps Egypt has taken to preserve its water security, especially concerning the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), as he spoke in a press conference with his Egyptian and Iraqi counterparts in Cairo.

Safadi held a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein before the conference, during which they discussed regional issues and means to boost trilateral cooperation.

Safadi described Egypt’s stance on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as “rational” as it seeks an agreement that preserves the right of the three concerned states, including Sudan, and is based on international law.

The Jordanian minister said he handed a message from King Abdullah II to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, noting that the message focused on bilateral relations and continuous coordination to enhance these ties; the message also tackled trilateral cooperation in various fields.

"Our leaders absolutely believe that integration and cooperation between all of our countries is a need and necessity, especially in these hard circumstances,” Safadi said, adding that “the Coronavirus pandemic has proven the extent of our dependence on each other."

Concerning Libya, Safadi said his country highly hails Egypt’s efforts to contribute to resolving the Libyan crisis in a way that helps achieve a political solution that protects Libyan security and also the security of neighbouring countries, especially Egypt.

He also hailed similar efforts to achieve peace in Libya, including those led by each of Morocco and the United Nations.

The Jordanian foreign minister described the Palestinian cause as “our number one central issue,” affirming that the three countries will continue to focus their attention on this long-standing conflict, which he said constitutes a danger on the security of the whole region.

“Horizons to achieve true, comprehensive and just peace are still absent,” the minister said, highlighting the need to launch serious and comprehensive negotiations to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.

He said a solution to the crisis has to be on the basis of the two-state solution, which guarantees an independent state for the Palestinian people, on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Safadi affirmed the need to protect Iraq from any regional conflicts that would also affect the region, considering the “security of Iraq as a pillar for security and stability of the region”.

“Iraq has achieved a big victory, with big sacrifices, on terrorism. Now, the battle is reconstruction, stability establishment and a continuation of victory against terrorist organizations,” Safadi said.

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