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Foreign Affairs Ministers Sameh Shoukry and Mohammed al-Safadi with PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat during a joint news conference on Sunday (Reuters)

Amman– Jordan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed al-Safadi reiterated his country’s firm stance toward the Arab Peace Initiative and the need to end the conflict in the Occupied Palestinian territories.

The Jordanian minister also stressed Amman’s rejection to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

His remarks came during a joint news conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee, Saeb Erekat, on Sunday.

Safadi also noted that Jordan was committed to its stance regarding eastern Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and western Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Commenting on the tripartite meeting that preceded the news conference, the Jordanian minister said that the officials reiterated the need to achieve sustainable peace based on the Arab Peace Initiative, which he said was a historic opportunity to end the conflict between the Arab region and Israel.

Safadi underlined efforts deployed by Jordan’s King Abdullah II in this regard, noting that peace in the Middle East would always remain his country’s strategic choice.

Discussions during the meeting touched on latest developments in the Palestinian file and the need to find a fair and comprehensive solution to the crisis, according to Safadi.

He added that the tripartite meeting also stressed the need to reach to concerned regional and international parties, in particular the United States, in order to promote cooperation on this matter.

Talks focused, among other issues, on the upcoming visit of US President Donald Trump to the region.

Shoukry, for his part, described the Palestinian Cause as one of the main priorities of Egypt. He noted that his country was deploying efforts on the regional and international arenas to contribute to the resumption of peace talks.

The Egyptian foreign minister highlighted the importance of the visit conducted by each of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah to Washington.

He said that those visits have conveyed the Arab and Palestinian view on the future of the peace process.

Erekat said that resolving the Palestinian cause was the key to achieving peace and security and fighting terrorism in the region.

He also called for ending divisions among Palestinians and forming a national unity government.