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Jordan FM: There's no way to resolve Syria crisis except through Assad

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi in Moscow, Russia on 3 February 2021 [Russian Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Moscow, Russia on 3 February 2021 [Russian Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]

Jordan Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the kingdom has resumed relations with the Syrian regime due to the absence of "any effective strategy to resolve the Syrian conflict".

In an interview with CNN, Safadi explained that Jordan's coordination with its partners and friends is once again an attempt to direct the movement towards an effective mechanism that would put an end to the Syrian crisis.

He added that Jordan has suffered as a result of the Syrian civil war, "as drugs and terrorism make their way across the border", noting that the country hosts 1.3 million Syrian refugees who do not receive the same support the world previously provided.

Last month, King Abdullah II of Jordan received a phone call from Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad for the first time since the war broke out in Syria in 2011. This came a week after the border between the two countries was reopened for trade in September.

The Arab League has also begun discussing the issue of Syria's participation in the upcoming summit to be held in Algeria next year.

On Tuesday, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed met Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus for the first meeting of its kind since 2011.

READ: Algeria FM says time has come for Syria to return to Arab League

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