Safadi engages in discussions with Australian, Japanese counterparts on Gaza


Published: 2024-04-04 14:43

Last Updated: 2024-06-15 15:20

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, engaged in significant discussions Thursday, addressing pressing concerns regarding the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and the imperative of achieving an immediate ceasefire.

- Australia -

Safadi received a phone call from Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, where the focus was squarely on alleviating the dire conditions in Gaza and hastening efforts towards a ceasefire agreement.

Both ministers emphasized the necessity of safeguarding humanitarian relief personnel, ensuring their freedom of movement, and facilitating the unimpeded entry of aid across all of Gaza.

Additionally, Safadi extended his condolences to Wong for the loss of an Australian citizen in the recent Israeli Occupation attack on aid workers, a condemnable act categorized as one among several Israeli Occupation war crimes in Gaza.

Safadi also expressed gratitude to Wong for Australia's decision to resume providing aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), recognizing the crucial role of the agency in supporting millions of Palestinians facing unprecedented humanitarian challenges.

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- Japan -

Simultaneously, Safadi engaged in discussions with Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko, focusing on urgent actions needed to secure a ceasefire and address the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

In a phone conversation, Safadi commended Japan's resumption of support for UNRWA, stressing its pivotal role in addressing the aftermath of Israeli Occupation aggression and providing vital assistance to refugees.

Both ministers emphasized the necessity of intensified efforts and effective mechanisms for the sustainable and adequate distribution of humanitarian aid across Gaza while upholding international legal standards.

Safadi reiterated the obligation of Israeli Occupation to protect aid workers under international humanitarian law and urged for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

The conversation also delved into bilateral relations, with Safadi expressing appreciation for Japan's longstanding support to Jordan as both nations commemorate seventy years of diplomatic ties this year.


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