Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

12/28/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/28/2018 04:47

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Ayman Safadi, Moscow, December 28,[...]

Mr Minister,

My dear Ayman,

I am delighted to welcome you and your colleagues to Moscow. It is our sixth meeting this year, and we had had numerous telephone conversations as well. They are evidence of our intensive interaction, the parameters and spheres of which are set out by our leaders, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Last month we held a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, during which we discussed our bilateral relations in detail.

Today we have agreed to focus on the situation in the Middle East, primarily the settlement in Syria and Jordan's role in it, which we highly appreciate, as well as the Palestinian-Israeli developments. As usual, the exchange of opinions and views, in particular trust-based conversations, is extremely important for Russian-Jordanian cooperation on regional affairs.

We hope that our meeting today will become a major contribution to our interaction.

Once again, welcome to Moscow.