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Telephone conversation between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Jordanian counterpart, Mr. Nasser Judeh (May 31, 2012)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, spoke on the telephone yesterday with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh. The conversation was largely devoted to the situation in Syria, as well as to the Middle East peace process.

The ministers discussed their respective meetings over the past few days with Kofi Annan, United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Envoy. They expressed their support for Mr. Annan’s demands for concrete and urgent measures by the Damascus regime, notably with respect to putting an end to the violence, the release of imprisoned opponents, and media access. The ministers also underscored the essential role played by Russia in the international efforts to put an end to the conflict.

They also discussed the situation of the 120,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, Syria’s neighbor, and Mr. Judeh reaffirmed the Jordanian authorities’ desire to establish a humanitarian platform for treating casualties and delivering humanitarian relief to Syria.

With respect to the Middle East peace process, Mr. Judeh commented on his meeting on May 29 with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and recalled Jordan’s efforts to promote the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. The minister underlined the importance for both parties to resume the peace process, while the Israeli government now has a large majority enabling it to take initiatives to that end.

Lastly, Mr. Fabius proposed to his counterpart that a further round of the Franco-Jordanian dialogue should take place very soon. Mr. Judeh agreed to this proposal and invited the minister to visit Jordan in the near future.


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