London, Dec. 11 (Petra) — His Majesty King Abdullah II held talks here on Tuesday with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the latest developments in the Middle East, especially efforts to breathe life into the peace process after the UN recently upgraded Palestine to non-member observer state.
Talks also touched on the rapid developments in Syria as well as bilateral relations and ways of developing them.
During the meeting, King Abdullah reiterated the importance of Britain’s role within the EU and international community, to encourage the Palestinians and Israelis to return to negotiating table in line with the two-state solution to solve all final status issues and establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, living in peace and security alongside Israel.
His Majesty noted that the European and US role will be essential to re-establish momentum to the peace process, especially after the re-election of President Barack Obama for a second term. He reiterated the importance of building on the UN General Assembly’s resolution to upgrade the state of Palestine.
The King warned against the consequences of unilateral Israeli actions and policies, mainly the continuation of settlement building in the Palestinian territories, on chances to achieve peace between the two sides.
King Abdullah and Cameron also discussed regional and international efforts to sustain the recently-reached ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, leading to an end to Israeli aggressions on the Gaza Strip. His Majesty noted the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts to support the Palestinian people and help them overcome the repercussions of the recent Israeli aggression through the Jordanian military field hospital in the coastal enclave.
Talks also touched on the rapid developments on the Syrian arena. The King affirmed that Jordan was closely monitoring the escalation of violence in Syria, warning against the crisis’s repercussions on all countries in the region.
His Majesty reiterated Jordan’s stance, which is based on the importance of finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis, putting an end to the killing of innocent people and maintaining the unity of Syria and its people.
The two leaders discussed Jordan’s relief efforts and the burdens borne by hosting more than 250,000 Syrian refugees in the kingdom, as well as the needed international support in this regard.
The meeting also touched on bilateral ties and means to enhance cooperation, especially ways to benefit from the British expertise to develop political march and parliamentary work in Jordan. The two leaders discussed promoting cooperation in various domains.
King Abdullah briefed Cameron on reform efforts, within the Kingdom’s ongoing reform program, leading to holding parliamentary elections on January 23, enhancing the democratic march, contributing to the development of political life and enhancing grassroots participation in the decision-making process.
King also briefed Cameron on the goals of the recently-established Royal Committee for Enhancing the National Integrity System, which would review and study the reality of all regulations and diagnose problems facing monitoring agencies to enhance reform process in the Kingdom.
The British Prime Minister, for his part, noted the depth of ties between Jordan and Britain, as well as his appreciation for the efforts exerted by King Abdullah to promote security and stability in the Middle East and push forward peacemaking efforts based on the two-state solution. Cameron also valued the King’s efforts to consolidate the march of comprehensive reform to meet the aspirations of Jordanians in a better future.
In another meeting, the King discussed with British Foreign Secretary William Hague the latest developments in the Middle East, and efforts to revive the peace process as well as the latest developments in Syria and issues of common interest.
King Abdullah stressed the importance of maintaining coordination between Jordan and Britain to revive peace efforts in the Middle East based on the two-state solution.
King Abdullah and Hague also discussed the latest developments on the Syrian arena as well as ways to find a way out of the crisis, put an end to the bloodshed, guarantee the unity of Syria and its people, and spare the Middle East from the crisis’s disastrous consequences.
The King reviewed the latest developments regarding the reform process in the Kingdom and chances to develop Jordanian-British cooperation in various fields.
Hague said that his country appreciates Jordan’s endeavors to achieve peace in the Middle East, and His Majesty’s efforts to achieve comprehensive economic and political reform in the Kingdom.
The meetings were attended by Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Director of the King’s Office Imad Fakhoury and Jordan’s ambassador to Britain Mazen Hmoud.
(petra.gov.jo / 11.12.2012)