Jordan’s King stresses the importance of the European role in Middle East peace


Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday stressed the importance of the European Union’s role in supporting endeavors to achieve peace in the Middle East, and to maintain security and stability in the region.

This came during a meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, in the Belgian capital, Brussels, at the start of a European tour that includes Belgium and France.

According to a statement of the royal court, Anatolia received a copy of it. During the meeting, prospects for cooperation and partnership between Jordan and the European Union countries were discussed.

King Abdullah expressed his appreciation for the continuous support provided by the countries of the bloc to Jordan to implement several projects.

On the level of regional crises, the King of Jordan stressed the need to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of a two-state solution, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the lines of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Regarding the Syrian crisis, the king reiterated the necessity of reaching a political solution that preserves the country’s territorial and people unity and ensures a voluntary and safe return of refugees.

Regarding the developments in the situation in Iraq, the King of Jordan stressed the need to preserve the country’s security and stability, protect its people with all its components, and spare the region any threat to its security and stability.

According to the same source, the meeting also touched on regional and international efforts in the war on terrorism, according to a holistic approach, and cooperation between Jordan and European Union countries in this regard.

For his part, Michel expressed his “constant aspiration to listen to King Abdullah’s vision regarding developments in the Middle East and the war on terrorism.”

He also expressed appreciation for the “important” role that Jordan, led by King Abdullah, is playing in achieving peace and stability in the region.

In other meetings, King Abdullah met the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, and members of the Alliance Council.

It was agreed to renew the joint cooperation agreement between Jordan and NATO, and to renew the package of the “Capacity Building” and “Advanced Status Partnership” programs.

King Abdullah also met Canadian Minister of Defense Hargett Sagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Army, Lieutenant General Mark Milley, and British Chief of Staff Staff, First Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Carter, separately. The bilateral relations and aspects of defense cooperation between Jordan and their countries were reviewed.

On Monday, the King of Jordan started an indefinite European tour, which includes Brussels, the French city of Strasbourg and the capital Paris, during which he will meet a number of European officials.


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