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(MENAFN – Jordan News Agency) In joint press statements after the meeting, Safadi welcomed his Italian counterpart on his “first visit to the Kingdom,” and said that it “comes within the framework of consultation and coordination between us on ways to develop deep-rooted ties between our two countries dating back to the forties of the last century, and also to discuss prospects for joint work, in order to address regional challenges and progress towards security and stability, which are our strategic goals.”
He added, “Today, I and the guest minister held extensive talks that followed a meeting with Prime Minister, Bisher Khasawneh,” pointing out that during his visit, the Italian minister will meet with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply and Planning and International Cooperation to discuss details of ways to develop bilateral ties.
Safadi thanked Italy for its support to economic development programs in the Kingdom, adding, “We are now talking about signing a new program for 2021-2023, whereby Italy will provide 235 million euros in the form of soft loans and aid to support a number of development projects in the Kingdom.”
He added that the cooperation talks focused on sectors of food security and agriculture, which are a priority for Jordan.
Safadi touched on the regional situation, pointing out that today’s meeting was “an opportunity to talk about all the issues that concern us, and all the crises that we work together and in cooperation with our partners also to solve.”
He noted that “the Palestinian issue was at the forefront of the issues that we discussed,” indicating that there is a lack of political horizon to solve this issue, and there are Israeli measures that undermine the two-state solution.”
He indicated that “our focus today is on what we can do together and in coordination with our partners in order to return to effective negotiations that are able to find this political horizon and progress towards a two-state solution.”
Safadi stressed that the two-state solution, which embodies the independent Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital, on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders, on the basis of international law and the Arab Peace Initiative, to live in peace and security alongside Israel, is the way to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace, which constitutes a strategic option.
The foreign minister expressed appreciation for “the clear Italian position in support of the two-state solution and the great efforts Italy has made and is ready to make in the future in order to resume negotiations and progress towards achieving peace.”
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