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Sunday, July 12th, 2020

Jordanian PM meets Erdogan, Yildirim duringTurkish visit


Ankara (IINA) � Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met the visiting Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki met here on Tuesday. They discussed bilateral ties and regional developments.

During the meeting Mulki reviewed Jordan’s position toward regional developments and the common challenges the two countries are facing, stressing Jordan’s support for finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Mulki said the Palestinian cause is the core issue in the Middle East, reiterating Jordan’s call for the return of the Palestinians and Israelis to the negotiating table with a timeline to bring about the two-state solution, and the creation of a Palestinian state along the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, Petra reported.

He also said the historic Hashemite custodianship had safeguarded the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy shrines in Jerusalem, stressing that the Kingdom will continue this legal and diplomatic role.

The premiere noted said Jordan welcomes more Turkish investment in its mega projects and would create special zones for Turkish industries in the Kingdom.

For his part Turkish President Erdogan commended Jordan’s role in defending the Jerusalem holy sites, and stressed the importance of increasing bilateral cooperation in training, military industrialization, maritime transport and trade.

He said Ankara supports the territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria and fighting terrorist organisations.

On the other side, Prime Minister Mulki, met also with his Turkish counterpart, Benali Yildirim, following a welcoming ceremony in Ankara.

In addition to common challenges that Jordan and Turkey currently face, the talks dealt with ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, focusing on future joint ventures, Turkish investments in Jordan, as well as the exchange of expertise in the development sector.

Regional issues on the agenda included the Syrian crisis, namely international obligations towards countries hosting Syrian refugees, the war against terrorist groups, the situation in Iraq and the urgent need for the Palestinians and Israelis to return to negotiations.

Yildirim expressed Ankara’s appreciation for the way Jordan supported Turkey following the deadly July 2016 coup attempt which martyred 249 people and injured thousands.

He said Turkey and Jordan share a common threat and common enemy that threatens to disrupt peace in the region and prevent a peaceful, permanent political solution in Syria.

At a joint news conference, Yildirim said coordination is needed to clear Syria of all terrorists groups. Al Mulki said: “We spoke about political and economic issues, and once again I offered our sympathies over the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place in Turkey, may God bless the souls of the victims and I wish the injured a rapid recovery.

The prime minister added: “I have affirmed to the Turkish prime minister our total and absolute rejection of all forms of terror acts. We have a huge responsibility to defeat terrorist group, and God willing we shall defeat them sooner than later.”

“I have reiterated Jordan’s solidarity with Turkey against any attempt to undermine its security,” Al Mulki noted, adding that the two officials discussed ways of working together to confront the various common challenges both countries are facing.

The premier explained that the two countries share intelligence on security issues and on the fight against Daesh and other terrorist groups, noting that relations between the two countries are solid and go back a long way.

“This year we celebrate 70 years of Jordanian-Turkish relations,” the prime minister concluded.

Source: International Islamic News Agency