Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Netherlands supports Jordan in Middle East peace process

Jordan has the Netherlands’ full support in its efforts, in cooperation with the Quartet, to bring Israel and the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating table. This was foreign minister Uri Rosenthal’s message in his bilateral meeting today with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh in Amman.

Jordan has the Netherlands’ full support in its efforts, in cooperation with the Quartet, to bring Israel and the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating table. This was foreign minister Uri Rosenthal’s message in his bilateral meeting today with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh in Amman.

‘The Netherlands shares Jordan’s desire to see lasting peace in the Middle East, based on a two-state solution and achieved through direct negotiations,’ Mr Rosenthal said.

Mr Rosenthal and Mr Judeh also discussed the situation in Syria. Mr Rosenthal urged Jordan to observe the sanctions imposed on the Syrian regime. He also expressed his appreciation of all Jordan is doing for Syrian refugees. The Netherlands will give any request for extra support made by Jordan for this purpose positive consideration.

Jordan and the Netherlands are stepping up their political cooperation; the two ministers signed a declaration to this effect. For example, the Netherlands will be helping Jordan with the further development of democracy.

Economic cooperation will also be stepped up, with Mr Judeh and Mr Rosenthal agreeing to organise a joint business forum on water, energy and ICT. Mr Judeh also invited Dutch investors to visit a sustainable energy project in Jordan. Following his talk with Mr Judeh, Mr Rosenthal went on to meet members of the Jordanian business community.

In the afternoon Mr Rosenthal will be travelling to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. He is due to sign a declaration of intent on placing a container scanner at the at the Allenby Bridge border crossing between Jordan and Israel. The scanner will facilitate imports and exports to and from the Palestinian Territories and will improve the security situation for Israel. On Thursday Mr Rosenthal will be meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and the Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister Riyad Al-Malki.