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Jordan Invites Syria to Attend Meeting of Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union

Jordan Invites Syria to Attend Meeting of Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union

Monday, 28 January, 2019 - 11:45
Jordan’s Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh. (Petra)
Amman - Asharq Al-Awsat
Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh announced Sunday that Jordan has officially invited Syria to attend the 29th meeting of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, which will be held in Amman in March.

“We are aware of the importance of coordination and cooperation between Jordan and Syria, especially in parliamentary matters, so we invited head of Syrian People’s Assembly,” said Tarawneh while receiving Syria’s Bar Association chief Nizar Skeif and his accompanying delegation.

The Jordanian news agency Petra quoted Tarawneh as saying that it is necessary to "push cooperation steps forward."

“No party has any interest in a disintegrated, torn Syria in which terrorists and foreign intervention are present," he added.

Skeif, for his part, said his country looks forward to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields.

He pointed out that inviting head of the Syrian People’s Assembly has political implications and has prospects that will find a response from Damascus, according to AFP.

Syria was suspended from the Arab League since the beginning of its conflict in 2011 and Arab states vary in their opinions regarding its return.

There is already controversy over Syria’s return, especially after regime forces regained control over areas that were seized by terrorists and opposition forces.

Iraq, Lebanon and Tunisia have called for Syria’s return to the Arab League, and the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus in late 2018 after cutting diplomatic ties with the country since 2012.

A technical delegation from Jordan headed to Damascus on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of reusing Syrian airspace by Jordanian airlines.

Last week, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced the appointment of a new chargé d'affaires at the Kingdom’s embassy in Syria.

Jordan is among few Arab states that maintained its relations and contacts with Syria following the outbreak of the conflict in 2011.

The Kingdom hosts about 650,000 Syrian refugees, registered in the United Nations, while Amman estimates the number of those who have resorted to the country to about 1.3 million Syrians.

The two countries reopened the main Jaber-Naseeb border crossing on October 15, nearly three years after closing it.

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