Amman, (Petra) ––
Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs
Ayman Safadi on Sunday discussed with
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri
and PLO Executive Committee member Saeb
Erekat coordination of efforts to kickstart
serious and effective peace talks to solve
the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based
on the two-state solution.
During the meeting, held
upon the directives of His Majesty King
Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
al-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas, the officials reiterated that peace
is a strategic Arab choice as underlined
by the Amman Declaration, which was issued
at the Arab summit which the Kingdom hosted
in March. The summit had relaunched the
2002 Arab Peace Initiative as the most
comprehensive formula to achieve a historic
reconciliation between all Arab states
The officials stressed that
the two-state solution, which guarantees
the setting up of an independent Palestinian
state along June 4, 1967 borders, with
East Jerusalem as its capital, and lives
in peace alongside Israel, is the sole
avenue to achieve lasting peace.
They also reviewed the outcome
of Arab leaders' visits to the United
States and the "positive and constructive"
talks they held with US President Donald
Trump about the need to find a peaceful
solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The officials said Jordan,
Egypt and Palestine commended Trump's
commitment to working for a solution to
the conflict and achieving pace, pledging
that their countries will cooperate with
the US administration and assume the full
responsibility to take the necessary steps
to open a new political horizon to move
toward a lasting peace.
The officials said the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict is the core of tension in the
region and that finding a settlement to
it via the two-state solution is the condition
to achieving regional peace and stability.
Today's meeting also discussed
the issue of Palestinian prisoners in
Israeli jails, who are on an open-ended
hunger strike, and the officials urged
Israel to meet the humanitarian and just
demands of the prisoners under the international
law and the Geneva Conventions.
They also reviewed the situation
in the region and agreed that efforts
should be stepped up to end crisis, stressing
cooperation with the international community
in the fight against terrorism, which
poses a common threat that must be defeated.
The officials agreed
to pursue coordination to create the proper
environment for ending the political stalemate
in the peace process and also agreed to
hold their next meeting in Cairo and later