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Jordan Foreign Minister arrives in Syria for second visit

July 3, 2023 at 1:49 pm

Ayman Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan speaks during the Security Council meeting on The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question at United Nations Headquarters. [Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images]

Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, arrived in Damascus on Monday, for the second such visit to Syria since February, Anadolu Agency reports.

Safadi will meet with the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar Al-Assad during his visit, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The top Jordanian diplomat will also hold talks with his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, on efforts to solve the Syrian crisis and a host of bilateral issues, the statement added.

Safadi had visited Syria last February.

Monday’s visit comes amid growing concerns in Jordan over drug smuggling operations across the border between the Kingdom and Syria.

Jordan shares a 375-km porous border with war-torn Syria.

The country has seen hundreds of attempts to smuggle drugs in recent years as a result of the deteriorating security conditions in next-door Syria.

Last month, Jordan used drones to thwart three attempts to smuggle drugs into the country from Syria.

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