Safadi to lead Jordan's argument before International Justice Court

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Published: 2024-02-22 09:20

Last Updated: 2024-04-22 13:50


Safadi to lead Jordan's argument before International Justice Court
Safadi to lead Jordan's argument before International Justice Court

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, will head the delegation of Jordan, which will present the Kingdom's oral arguments Thursday at 2:00 pm before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The argument is in regard to the advisory opinion requested by the United Nations General Assembly from the Court under Resolution 77/247 dated December 30, 2022, concerning "Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem."

The Jordanian delegation includes, alongside Safadi, Minister of Justice Dr. Ahmed Al-Zyadat, and the legal team contracted by the Kingdom for this purpose.

Jordan had previously submitted a written pleading before the ICJ in The Hague on July 24, 2023, affirming the Kingdom's absolute support for the Palestinians' right to self-determination and the establishment of their independent and sovereign state along the June 4, 1967 lines, with its capital in Jerusalem according to the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant UN resolutions.

Jordan stressed the two-state solution as the only way to achieve a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace and emphasized the necessity for the Israeli Occupation to respect the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, for which Jordan bears significant responsibility under its historical Hashemite guardianship.

This is not the first time the Kingdom has presented arguments before the ICJ regarding the Palestinian issue and Israeli Occupation. Jordan previously appeared before the Court in 2004 regarding the advisory opinion requested by the United Nations General Assembly concerning the legal consequences of the construction of the Israeli Occupation West Bank barrier, including in East Jerusalem.

The Court's opinion at that time declared the barrier's illegality based on the legal evidence presented by Jordan, highlighting the unlawful nature of its construction.