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Ties take centre stage as Senate president meets Syrian envoy

 

The Jordan Times

 

AMMAN — Jordan is keen on restoring security and stability in Syria, in view of its “historical and deep-rooted” relations with its northern neighbour, Senate President Faisal Fayez said on Monday.
 
During a meeting at the Senate with Acting Syrian Chargé d’Affaires in Amman Ayman Alloush, Fayez said that Jordan has “clear and unaltered” stances towards the Syrian crisis since its beginning, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
 
In this regard, the Senate president stressed that Amman, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah, highlighted the importance of a political solution that maintains the stability of Syria and unity of its people, ends the suffering of refugees and enables them to return to their homeland.
 
Fayez stressed the importance of enhancing “fraternal relations” between Amman and Damascus in a way that realises joint interests, noting that Jordan was the most affected by the crisis.
 
For his part, Alloush praised the Jordanian stances towards Syria, highlighting the importance of further enhancing ties in various fields and facilitating commercial exchange between the two countries.
 
The Syrian diplomat voiced Damascus’ desire to take Syrian-Jordanian relations to the “highest levels”.
 
Jordan and its northern neighbour reopened the Jaber-Nasib border crossing on October 15, 2018, after passenger and cargo traffic was halted for more than three years as a result of the escalating violence in the Syrian town of Nasib, just across the border station, some 80km north of Amman.
 
Also on Monday, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh met with the outgoing diplomat and reiterated the significance of sustaining joint Arab parliamentary coordination to serve the causes and interests of Arab peoples, mainly the Palestinian issue. 
 
Tarawneh said that Jordan and Syria share “historical ties”, noting the importance of both countries’ parliaments to exert efforts to bolster parliamentary relations.
 
For his part, Alloush said that Amman and Damascus overcame huge challenges “thanks to the wise leaderships” of both countries, pointing to the potential for further cooperation.
 
 

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