Iranian, Jordanian FMs Keen to Boost Ties

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states, and the GCC Secretary General Jasem Albudaiwi met in New York on Monday…reports Asian Lite News

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi voiced their countries’ willingness to improve bilateral relations, according to a statement released by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

The two top diplomats held a meeting on Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, where they also discussed the regional issues of common interests, Xinhua news agency reported.

Amir-Abdollahian reviewed his “good” meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman last December, which was also attended by Safadi, as well as the two countries’ good cooperation in different areas, expressing Iran’s readiness to improve bilateral relations and collaborations.

The Iranian Foreign Minister expressed hope that the Tehran-Amman ties would improve in line with the two nations’ interests in view of the present positive regional atmosphere and the growing trend of the relations between Iran and the Muslim Arab states.

For his part, the Jordanian Foreign Minister expressed his country’s willingness to have “good and brotherly” relations with Iran and open a new chapter in the bilateral ties.

“We have numerous common challenges in the region and need to cooperate with one another to overcome them,” he said, adding efforts are needed to enable the bilateral relations to reflect the two nations’ “historical and brotherly ties”.

Earlier, the US and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) welcomed diplomatic engagement by Saudi Arabia and other GCC states with Iran to pursue regional de-escalation and emphasized the importance of adherence to international law, including the UN Charter, by states of the region.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states, and the GCC Secretary General Jasem Albudaiwi met in New York on Monday.

They celebrated the strategic importance of the historic ties among the countries, as per a joint statement following the ministerial meeting of the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) released by the US Department of State.

During the meeting, the Ministers underscored shared commitment to build upon the achievements of previous ministerial meetings, including the most recent ministerial meeting in Riyadh on June 7, 2023, to strengthen consultation, coordination, and cooperation in all fields.

They reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation and maritime security in the region and their illegal determination to deter actions at sea or elsewhere that might threaten shipping lanes, international trade, and oil installations in the GCC states.

The Ministers underscored their support for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and renewed their call for Iran to fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

They once again called on Iran to cease its proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles and other dangerous weapons that pose a grave security threat to the region, as per the release by the US State Department.

The GCC and the United States reiterated their commitment to work together to deter and address threats to sovereignty and territorial integrity and other destabilizing activities.

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