His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday voiced Jordan’s willingness to support and facilitate UN efforts to address the Syrian conflict through peaceful means.
During a meeting with UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, His Majesty vowed to “provide all forms of assistance to Brahimi to ensure success for his mission on Syria”, according to a Royal Court statement.
The Monarch reiterated Jordan’s call for a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian crisis that safeguards Syria’s territorial integrity and ends the suffering of the Syrian people.
The King warned that the delay in arriving at a political solution to the conflict means more suffering to the brotherly Syrians and more refugees flowing to neighbouring countries, the statement said.
The Monarch also reviewed the tremendous efforts Jordan exerts to cope with the large number of Syrian refugees who place “unbearable pressure on its infrastructure and already limited resources”. He called on the international community to help the Kingdom continue its humanitarian assistance to refugees.
For his part, Brahimi briefed the King on his efforts with all concerned parties in the Syrian crisis to convene the projected Geneva II peace conference on Syria, the statement said.
He also expressed appreciation for Jordan’s humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees despite its economic difficulties, calling on the UN and international donors to shoulder their responsibilities in helping Jordan in this regard.
The meeting was attended by Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and King’s Office Director Imad Fakhoury as well as Brahimi’s accompanying delegation.
Also on Wednesday, Judeh met separately with Brahimi, who is on a regional tour, and reiterated that Jordan strongly supports the diplomatic option to address the Syria crisis as the only way to end the bloodshed in Syria and spare the loss of innocent lives.
They discussed the Geneva II conference and the chances of bringing all parties to the negotiating table to end the violence in Syria.
“I briefed Brahimi on the outcomes of the Friends of Syria meeting which was just concluded yesterday [Tuesday] in London and I reiterated the need to arrive at a political solution for the Syrian crisis that guarantees the safety, security and unity of Syria, with the participation of all components of the Syrian people,” Judeh said, adding that Jordan is keen to see an end to the conflict as the Kingdom is one of the countries directly impacted by the repercussions of the crisis through hosting more than 600,000 Syrian refugees.
“We are still at the beginning and there is so much work ahead to ensure the upcoming meeting bears practical fruits, addresses the violence and brings back stability to Syria, the region and the world at large,” Judeh said, stressing that King Abdullah has repeatedly called for a peaceful solution to the Syria crisis as the only way to secure the safety of the Syrian people and ends the years-long bloodshed that has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people.
Brahimi, meanwhile, described his talks with Judeh as “constructive”, commending the Jordanian diplomacy that has pushed for a peaceful solution to the Syria conflict.
“This tour came in response to a request by the UN secretary general and the permanent members of the UN Security Council who realise the seriousness of the crisis. Now there is some international consensus that military action is not the right means to address the violence in Syria,” he said, adding that the UN is looking for greater cooperation in that regard with Arab states, particularly Jordan.
By Hani Hazaimeh
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