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Jordan calls for ending Israeli occupation

AMMAN, Peace in the region will be achieved by ending the Israeli occupation and adopting practical steps for this purpose so as to reach a two-state solution, said Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi on Tuesday.

This came during a telephone conversation between Al-Safadi and his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney, Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

This will also ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on June 1967 borders, the statement added.

Any economic proposal to address repercussions of the conflict in the region will not be an alternative to a comprehensive political plan to reach the two-state solution, Al-Safadi noted.

The two ministers affirmed supporting economic development in the region of the conflict so as to back the political solution, which determine reaching the two-state solution, it said.

A comprehensive peace in the region is an Arab and international demand and a necessity for achieving regional and international peace and stability, the statement quoted Al-Safadi as saying.

The statement stressed the necessity of resolving the conflict within a complete framework to address all the issues of the final status, topped with the refugees, in line with the Arab peace initiative and the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194.

On Ireland's support to the Palestinian cause, Al-Safadi commended the Irish stance backing the two-state solution as the only way for ending the conflict.

He also lauded Ireland's backing to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

He further affirmed the importance of Europe and Ireland's role in overcoming regional challenges and resolving the conflict.

According to the statement, the two sides discussed means of resuming the dialogue started one month ago in the Irish capital, Dublin, upon a call from Ireland.

Jordan and some Arab countries attended the talks which aimed to find political ways to reach the two-state solution and achieve a comprehensive peace.

The US called for organizing an economic workshop in Bahrain next month to focus on economic initiatives to reach a peace deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Source: Kuwait News Agency