Antigua and Barbuda and Kingdom of Jordan have to work on a number of initiatives that will benefit both countries.
That’s was the outcome of a meeting held between Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade, Hon. E.P. Chet Greene and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Kingdom of Jordan, Zaed Louzy, held in Amman, Jordan last week.
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Louzy welcomed Foreign Affairs Minister Greene to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and he expressed the Kingdom’s desire to establish Jordan as a beacon of moderation within the Arab World.
Minister Louzy zeroed in on the ongoing Palestinian conflict as being the most divisive issue affecting the entire Middle East region, and he explained the conflict’s impact on the economies, politics and security of neighboring countries, with considerable implications for the peace and stability of the wider world. He reaffirmed Jordan’s support for the Two-State solution, the strategy endorsed by the United Nations, and he expressed Jordan’s position that political negotiations are the only way forward if conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya are to be successfully resolved.
The Deputy Foreign Minister shed light on the heavy burden that Jordan is forced to bear caused by the presence of 1.3 million Syrian refugees who have fled to the country to escape fighting. He cited the difficulties incurred by absorbing 150,000 Syrian refugee children into the Jordanian school system, noting that United Nations covered only about 23 percent of needed funding.
According to the Deputy Foreign Minister, the Syrian refugee crisis within Jordanian borders is a severe strain on the nation’s limited resources.
In response, Minister Greene expressed his thanks to the Jordanian government and people for the warm reception both he and his delegation received during the visit to the Middle Eastern country. The minister voiced support for the Two-State policy as enunciated by Foreign Minister Louzy as being the only viable solution to the ongoing Palestinian issue. Greene said Antigua and Barbuda would support Jordanian efforts to gain membership on key United Nations committees and organizations.