Published: 2018-07-31 08:40
Last Updated: 2018-07-31 10:40
Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, met with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, in Madrid on Monday July 30, 2018 where Borrell announced that Spain approved a soft loan of 30 million euros in order to finance the Jordanian Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal (RSDSC) Project.
The two Ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) intending to develop means of institutionalizing a political consultation process, strengthening economic cooperation in various fields, and enhancing the bilateral efforts to achieve better coordination between the two governments to be applicable on both a regional and international scale.
The meeting focused on key topics regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the regional current stand in the face of terrorism. Safadi stressed that a two-state solution is vital to achieving security, stability and peace. Adding that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is created by the occupation and can be resolved by the occupation once an independent Palestinian state is established according to the pre-June 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as the capital.
In a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Safadi praised the Spanish continuous efforts to resolve the conflict and called on the international community to support the establishment of a Palestinian state and pressure the occupation in order to lift its 12-year-old siege of the Gaza Strip.
Safadi also urged the European and the international community to dedicate their efforts in solving the humanitarian crisis in Syria. He stressed that a political solution is key to end the suffering of the Syrian people. Jordan is committed to pursuing all means to restore and stabilize peace in the neighboring country, he added.
Borrell praised Jordan’s key role in enhancing the regional security and stability under the guidance of His Majesty King Abdullah II. Adding that the Jordanian government has had an immense contribution in aiding the humanitarian crisis in Syria where it received more than the 1.3 million Syrian refugees.
Borell finally stressed that the partnership between the two countries is to witness growth and prosperity as his country will continue to support Jordan.
After their discussion, Safadi tweeted the following on July 30, 2018:
Grateful to #Spain FM @JosepBorrellF for great discussion on ties, regional issues. Committed to #2-sate solution & political settlement of #Syria crisis. Appreciate Spain’s activation of approval process of 30m euro soft loan to support #Red_Dead project. Solid, growing ties pic.twitter.com/Xl3BAT8dPZ
— Ayman Safadi (@AymanHsafadi) July 30, 2018