Jordan Foreign Minister Meets Australian Counterpart

Amman, April 21 (QNA) – Jordan’s Minister of Foreign and Expatriates
Affairs Nasser Judeh met here on Monday with Australian Foreign
Minister Julie Bishop.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and the
latest developments in the region, Jordan news agency (PETRA)
reported.

Judeh told a joint press conference with Bishop that they discussed
ongoing negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides,
saying that the two-state solution is the only means to settle the
conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state.

The meeting also dealt with the crisis in Syria and the tremendous
burdens borne by Jordan as a result of hosting a massive influx of
Syrian refugees.

Judeh renewed Jordan’s calls for a political solution to the crisis
to ensure the safety, security and territorial integrity of Syria
with the participation of all components of the Syrian people.

For her part, Australian minister expressed her country’s solidarity
with Jordan with regard to the abduction of Jordanian ambassador in
Libya, Fawaz Eitan, voicing hope the envoy be released soon.

She said Australia is well aware of the size of burden borne by
Jordan as a result of receiving large numbers of Syrian refugees. She
pointed out that Australia has donated so far 110 million dollars for
humanitarian efforts related to the Syrian crisis, adding that she
donated 20 million dollars during her visit to the International
Organization for Migration in Amman today.

Bishop said her meeting with Judeh touched on ways to cement
cooperation in areas of trade and investment.

She also commended Jordan King’s efforts to achieve peace and
stability in the region, expressing hope to reach a peaceful and just
solution to the conflict in the region through the two-state
solution. (QNA)

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