Ankara, 5 July 2023 (TDI): Following his visit to Damascus earlier this week, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Ayman Safadi convened a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, today.

At the outset of the talks, the Foreign Minister extended the congratulations of King Abdullah II to Erdogan on his re-election as President of Turkey.

They extensively deliberated on the ways of fostering strategic cooperation between the two countries and settling the regional crisis, specifically the Palestinian issue, ultimately realizing international security and stability.

Cooperation on bilateral and international matters

As a part of his two-day official visit to the capital, Ayman Safadi also engaged in a conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, sharply focused on the exploration of the means and measures to strengthen their bilateral ties and coordination in the face of the regional uprisings.

Sharing the same religious bond, the two sides firmly condemned the extremist act of Qur’an burning in Sweden last week and stressed that this action cannot be justified in the context of freedom of speech.

In a statement, Safadi highlighted the need to honour each other’s cultures, symbols, and religions to promote peaceful relations and mutual respect globally.

During the meeting, they devoted considerable attention to the Palestine issue and condemned the recent Israeli aggression in the Palestinian city of Jenin, calling the actions a “serious escalation” that only further deteriorated the situation.

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The ministers also discussed the efforts to find a possible political solution to the Syrian crisis, which is in line with Resolution 2254 of the United Nations.

As the two main countries hosting Syrian refugees, both leaders show their strong commitment to creating favourable living conditions in Syria, encouraging the voluntary repatriation process.

They also agreed to foster their economic activities and industrial relations through mutual collaboration and shared initiatives in the near term.

Minister Safadi also met with the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Turkish Parliament in two separate meetings that dealt with Jordanian-Turkish relations, and they noted the importance of the role of parliamentarians in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.