King, Dutch FM discuss ties, Mideast

تم نشره في Tue 23 December / Dec 2014. 07:30 PM
  • Photo courtesy of the Royal Court

AMMAN (Petra) – His Majesty King Abdullah II on Tuesday discussed regional challenges and relations between Jordan and the Netherlands with Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders.

The meeting at Al Husseiniyeh Palace focused on the fight against terrorism and terrorist organisations, an effort that required a holistic approach by all parties to fend off "this danger that targets all without exception." 

The quest to bring about peace in the Middle East also figured high during the discussion, wherein King Abdullah emphasised "the centrality" of the Palestinian issue and the need to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution.

On the Syrian crisis and its repercussions on the country's neighbors, the King pointed to the pressure exerted on Jordan, which hosts a large number of Syrian refugees despite the Kingdom's meagre resources, stressing international support to enable Jordan to continue its aid to the displaced Syrians.

Koenders, who is on a tour of the Middle East, commended Jordan's enormous efforts in dealing with the various challenges facing the region and its endeavors to bolster regional security and stability.

During the meeting, which was attended by the royal court chief and the minister of foreign and expatriates affairs, Koenders said the Netherlands is interested in cementing ties and coordinating with Jordan on issues of common interest.