Six Arab foreign ministers start meeting in Jordan

Amman – Six Arab foreign ministers were holding a "consultative meeting" in Jordan on Thursday, the Jordanian foreign minister said, in a bid to unify their stances on regional crises.

Ayman al-Safadi
Ayman al-Safadi
Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi was joined by the five diplomats at King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre on the Dead Sea.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, Kuwait's Sabah Khaled Al Sabah, the United Arab Emirates' Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bahrain's Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir arrived in Amman on Wednesday.
They met King Abdullah, who urged "the importance of coordinating Arab positions on regional issues," according to the royal court.
The Dead Sea meeting comes as countries in the Middle East are showing a growing willingness to reconcile with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and amid reports that Damascus could be re-admitted to the Arab League during this year's summit to be held in Tunisia in March.
Last month, the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus and Jordan appointed a charge d’affairs at its embassy in Syria.
The meeting also comes as the feud between four Arab countries and Qatar continues. In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar accusing it of supporting terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.
Jordan and Kuwait have so far remained neutral in the feud.

Thursday, January 31st 2019

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