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Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Romania: Jordan is facing terror challenge; youth should be educated to reject such ideas

Jordan is facing challenges including terrorism, while the youth should be educated to reject the ideas promoted by terrorism and extremism, visiting Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Nasser Judeh (photo L) said Thursday in Bucharest.

“The fact that Jordan is an oasis of stability in the area is no coincidence, but the result of a policy conducted by the King of Jordan. Jordan is facing some challenges. There is this challenge of terrorism, the fight against terror. As the King of Jordan said, the fight against terror is not necessarily a fight of the Western countries, but of Muslims. As the Romanian foreign minister also said, this is an issue of Europe’s eastern neighbourhood. We believe Europe is an important neighbour, but the size of the issues has exceeded the geographical area where they emerge. That is why the King of Jordan called them a Third World War,” Judeh told the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy.

He added that the crimes committed in the name of Islam should be seen as running contrary to the Islamic teachings, being violations that have nothing to do with Islam, which exceed by far the geographical area where they emerge and generate repercussions at a military and security level.

The Jordanian chief diplomat pointed out that the youth in the region should be educated in the spirit of total rejection of the ideas promoted by terrorism and extremism.

“We have to oppose this idea of terrorism, oppression and extremism. We have to educate the youth in the spirit of rejecting these ideas, to protect them from becoming vulnerable to the propaganda of radical movements. As I said, we are turning all talk into actions in Jordan. Over the past two years, and under the Jordanian chairmanship of the United Nationals Security Council, we had a representative of the younger generation of Jordan who discussed the part of the younger generations in the fight against terrorism. At the same time, a conference was held in Amman tackling this issue two weeks ago,” he added.

Judeh pointed out that in his conversations with his Romanian counterpart in Bucharest, mention was made of the need for political solutions in countries such as Syria, Libya and Yemen.

“The absence of political solutions in Syria, Libya and Yemen raises the problem of the need for such solutions. At the same time, we mentioned the Palestinian question. And the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis. If no solution is found, there will be no peace or stability in the area. That is why we have to intensify our efforts to solve this issue that regards Jordan as well, which cannot be a spectator, but should get involved and it is getting actively engaged in the resolution of this file,” said Judeh.


Significant progress recorded in Jordan – Romanian bilateral relationship

Significant progress has been recorded in the bilateral relationship between Jordan and Romania that should be continued, Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Nasser Judeh said Thursday in Bucharest. He mentioned to the point a joint Jordanian-Romanian committee to be set up under the aegis of the two foreign affairs ministries.

“I am honoured to be here and address Romanian diplomats from various corners of the world. This has been a fruitful meeting, not just in terms of the issues discussed, but also in terms of the understanding displayed by the participants. (…) I had the opportunity as part of the meeting to converse with His Excellency, Mr Foreign Minister, on problems of shared interest, first of all the bilateral relationships between the two countries. As His Excellency also said, we will be celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties between Jordan and Romania. I am honoured to have been a member of the delegation that accompanied the King of Jordan on his latest visit to Romania some years ago, and we hope the arrangements for a new visit at the highest level will be soon completed to reflect our wish for developing, deepening and consolidating the existing relationships and identifying new cooperation avenues,” the Jordanian foreign minister told the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy.

On an official visit to Romania on Thursday, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh attended as special guest, along with Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, a plenary session of the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy that discussed the country’s southern neighbourhood.


ForMin Aurescu: Jordan, an oasis of stability and a model for Middle East states

Jordan is an oasis of stability in the “extremely complicated” present context of the Middle East, but also a model for the countries in the region as regards the promotion of peace, security and stability, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu (photo R) said on Thursday.

“In this extremely complicated context, Jordan is an oasis of stability, it is an extremely important factor in the region for the promotion of peace and security in the Middle East. Equally, Jordan is a great example of how a country manages to contribute to regional stability, and at the same time transform into a (…) model for the countries in the region. We conveyed Romania’s entire appreciation for the efforts Jordan is making both at domestic and at regional level, for the way it fights terrorist threats to promote peace, tolerance, moderation, understanding between cultures and religions,” Aurescu said in statement delivered jointly with his visiting Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh.

The Romanian chief diplomat said that the two states have many common interests at political and security level and expressed Romania’s solidarity with Jordan’s efforts to combat terrorism and manage the humanitarian situation caused by the flow of Syrian refugees. “There are 1.9 million Syrian citizens on Jordan’s territory, of whom 600,000 formally have the status of refugee,” remarked the Romanian minister.

He also referred to the economic cooperation between the two countries, noting that trade exchanges are growing and that new areas with potential have been identified.

“We have an excellent level of cooperation at political level and growing trade exchanges – at over 330 million dollars last year – but we must do more. We found a series of areas where we can very concretely take our cooperation further: health, ICT, tourism, energy, home affairs, education, development, medicine, including emergency medicine. Together we decided to render operational a joint bilateral commission that should constantly stimulate the process,” said Bogdan Aurescu.

According to the Romanian official, the two sides agreed on the importance of organizing “as soon as possible,” on the occasion of a high-level visit, an economic forum involving business people in the areas of interest to both countries. In this context, Aurescu mentioned agriculture as an activity area where Bucharest and Amman already have an enhanced cooperation, as Romania is the main wheat exporter to Jordan.


President Iohannis, Jordan’s ForMin Judeh discuss migratory flows to Europe

President Klaus Iohannis has received Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Judeh on Thursday at the Cotroceni Palace. The two officials voiced their satisfaction for the excellent level of the relations and cooperation between Romania and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The also exchanged views on the evolutions in the Middle East, according to a release by the Presidential Administration.

On the occasion of his visit to Romania, the Jordanian offical attended this year’s edition of the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy.

He said that the agenda of his visit to Bucharest includes a series of sectoral meetings meant to translate the extraordinary potential of the bilateral relationship into concrete actions, the Presidency also informed.

During the meeting, both sides have expressed their wish to further boost the high-level bilateral dialogue.

They also shared their opinions on the Middle East evolutions, including the matter of the migratory flows from this region to Europe, the Presidential Administration adds.

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