Jordan says ending Israeli occupation “key” to peace in Mideast

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A Palestinian demonstrator shouts during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against Trump's decision on Jerusalem, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
A Palestinian demonstrator shouts during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Jordan said on Friday that ending the Israeli occupation and resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution play the key role in realizing peace in the Middle East.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi made the remarks after the normalization of ties between Israel and Bahrain was announced.

Safadi said in a statement what is required to realize peace in the region is ending the Israeli occupation and stopping all Israeli measures that undermine the two-state solution.

Creating an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital under the borders of 1967 remains the key for peace and ending the conflict in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and the international resolutions, said Safadi.

“The effect of such deals relies on Israel’s actions,” Safadi noted, warning that Israeli measures that undermine peace opportunities and proceed with settlement activities will only exacerbate the situation and deepen the conflict.

Jordan, he said, will continue to work with the allies and Arab and non-Arab countries to realize peace, which is a strategic option for Jordan, Palestine, and the Arabs.

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.

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