Jordan, Norway discuss ties, Mideast developments over phone

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AMMAN, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide on Thursday discussed means of advancing cooperation in various fields, as well as enhancing coordination in efforts to resolve regional crises and achieve security and stability.

In a phone call, the two sides stressed keenness on pushing forward the two countries' partnership towards broader aspects of cooperation, according to the Jordan News Agency Petra.

The two ministers stressed the importance of collective and multilateral efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions.

On the Palestinian issue, the two ministers stressed the importance of creating a political prospect to resume serious and effective negotiations to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in accordance with the two-state solution, which Safadi stressed that it is the sole path to a lasting and comprehensive peace.

Talks also went over preparations for upcoming meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), formed to distribute aid to the Palestinian people and headed by Norway, scheduled on Feb. 23 at high-ranking officials' level, said the report.

The two sides agreed on the importance of the meeting in adopting steps towards supporting the Palestinian economy, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and in stressing the need of effective international action to resume negotiations.

Safadi valued Norway's supportive stance for the two-state solution, highlighting its efforts to create a positive environment for resuming negotiations and supporting the Palestinian economy, as well as its continued support for the UNRWA.

Talks also went over the efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis and Iraq's circumstances, among other regional issues, notably the burden of receiving refugees, which requires a collective international action.

Soreide voiced appreciation of Jordan's humanitarian role in helping refugees, according to the report.

The two diplomats reiterated the continued joint action towards resolving regional issues. Enditem.

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