FM partakes in 6th ministerial meeting of Munich Group

Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, on Wednesday participated in the sixth ministerial meeting within the Munich Group, held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in the presence of the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Policy and the United Nations Special Coordinator for Peace in the Middle East.

According to a statement issued Wednesday evening by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Affairs, the group includes, in addition to the Kingdom, Egypt, Germany and France.

A statement was issued by the meeting confirming the participants’ commitment to a multilateral international system as a fundamental basis towards achieving peace, security and development, according to ministry’s statement.

The statement said that the ministers reaffirmed that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of the two-state solution is irreplaceable to achieve comprehensive peace in the region, as they stressed their firm commitment to support all efforts aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of international law and relevant Security Council resolutions and the agreed references, including the Arab Peace Initiative.

The ministry added that the two-state solution based on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, which guarantees the establishment of an independent, contiguous and viable Palestinian state living in security and peace alongside Israel, is the only way to achieve the legitimate aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis. They stressed the importance of resuming negotiations, the need for an immediate and complete cessation of all unilateral actions, and the need to respect international law and international humanitarian law by all.

According to the ministry’s statement, the ministers expressed their regret over the big number of civilian casualties in recent weeks and months, underlining the need to stop all unilateral actions that undermine the two-state solution and prospects for a just and lasting peace, and the importance of maintaining the unity, integrity and geographical connection of the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and the need for an immediate cessation of all settlement activities, annexation of land, and the displacement of Palestinians from their homes, which constitute a violation of international law, expressing their concern about the evacuation of residents of the Musafer Yatta area, and underscoring the need to respect the rights of residents of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods in their homes.

The ministers called for preserving the status quo in the holy sites in Jerusalem, emphasizing the importance of the Hashemite custodianship over the holy sites in Jerusalem, and the inadmissibility of using religious holidays for political purposes, and the need to take the necessary steps to bring about a fundamental change in the political, security and economic situation in the Gaza Strip as well as the full respect for the ceasefire and reaffirming the essential role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Source: Jordan News Agency

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