High Representative Josep Borrell visits Jordan in his first visit to the Middle East
February 3, 2020
In his first visit to the Middle East as High Representative, Josep Borrell met HM King Abdullah II of Jordan and Foreign Minister Safadi to discuss regional developments with an important partner on the bilateral and multilateral level.
“The experience over the past 50 years has shown that without agreement among all sides, no peace plan has the chance to succeed,” said High Representative Josep Borrell following his meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. Both parties need to come back to the table to find a sustainable way forward in one of the longest, most painful and complex conflicts in history, Borrell added.
He said that Jordan plays a special role in the efforts to resolve the conflict as custodian of the Holy Sites, so the meeting was an occasion for a “frank debate on the new proposal brought forward by the United States, the so-called Peace plan for the Middle East”.
The High Representative acknowledged the important responsibility Jordan bears and the toll the regional situation is having on the country and its economy. Since 2011, the EU has allocated €2.8 billion in bilateral assistance to Jordan and will continue supporting the Kingdom in its efforts to bring opportunities to its youth and to achieve sustainable economic growth.