FM, US senator discuss ties, Mideast

Amman, Feb. 18 (Petra)--Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Monday discussed with visiting US Senator Marco Rubio Jordanian-US ties as well as the latest developments in the Middle East.

The two officials stressed their keenness to preserve the historical and distinguished ties between Jordan and the United States and build on what have been accomplished in various fields.

Judeh briefed the US senator on Jordan's reform process led by His Majesty King Abdullah II, adding that consultations are currently underway with the Lower House of Parliament to form the first parliamentary government in the Kingdom.

Senator Rubio hailed Jordan's reform march and describe it as a success story.

On the peace process, Judeh and Rubio stressed the need to push it forward and resume Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

Judeh highlighted the importance of the US role in advancing the peace process, adding that Jordan is concerned with all final status solutions including Jerusalem, security, borders, water and refugees.

The two sides also reviewed the current situation in Syria and called for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis that puts an end to bloodshed.

The foreign minister spoke about Jordan's efforts and services to thousands of Syrian refugees on its territory, stressing the need to provide further aid to Jordan to enable it to continue its services to the displaced Syrians.

The US senator hailed Jordan's role to acheive peace and stability in the region as well as the Kingdom's humanitarian role towards the Syrian refugees.

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