AMMAN, 5th May, 2016 (WAM) — Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Nasser Judeh, has discussed with his Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, bilateral ties, challenges facing the Middle East as well as efforts to address them.

According to the Jordan News Agency, PETRA, the two sides met yesterday and highlighted the strong ties between the two countries and their leaderships in various domains.

Judeh voiced Jordan’s appreciation of Belgium’s support for cooperation projects between the two countries as well as to the efforts of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to achieve peace and stability in the region.

Judeh and Reynders also discussed international efforts to counter terrorism and terror organisations that pose a major challenge to the region and the world.

The two ministers also reviewed the Syrian crisis and the situation in Aleppo. Judeh reiterated Jordan’s stance under the leadership of the King of Jordan that calls for a political solution to the Syrian crisis that guarantees the unity and territorial integrity of the country in line with Security Council Resolution No. 2254, the Geneva 1 talks resolutions, and statements issued by the international group on Syria.

The two sides also discussed conditions for Syrian refugees in the Kingdom, and the burden shouldered by Jordan as a result of hosting those refugees and providing them with services.

Judeh also highlighted the need to re-launch serious and effective talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Belgian Minister voiced his country’s appreciation of Jordan’s pivotal role under the leadership of His Majesty the King in addressing regional issues and bringing security and stability in the region.