Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi revealed, in an interview with CNN, in which he was interviewed by colleague Becky Anderson, the dangers that may result from not achieving the goal of restoring peace through the “Aqaba Summit,” stressing that this may lead to “a whole new cycle of violence.” Which could mean a complete collapse and could mean large-scale confrontations.”
Safadi said in this regard, “The stakes are very high. We only have to look at the events of the past year and before to see that we are on a very dangerous path. The number of Palestinians killed last year has not been seen for more than 10 or 15 years. People are losing hope. Despair.” It wraps around the whole situation. So we’re seeing a massive amount of violence.”
He continued, “We are witnessing settler violence. We are noticing that the hardliners continue to incite against peace and continue to try to lead us into the abyss. The risks are real. If we are not able to control the situation and stop the violence, we may be looking at a whole new cycle of violence that could It means a complete collapse and could mean confrontations on a large scale.”
Regarding Safadi’s recent visit to Damascus, and whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now welcome in the Gulf region and the Middle East, the Jordanian Foreign Minister indicated that “the visit came in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that caused huge numbers of deaths.” In both Syria and Turkey, therefore, the visit was initially an expression of solidarity with the Syrian and Turkish people as well, as well as an opportunity to discuss the political situation.
Safadi emphasized, “Our position in Jordan has always been that we need to work towards a political solution to the crisis. The truth is that no effort has been made to solve the crisis in the past few years. It is the politics of the status quo. This is something we believe causes more suffering.” And more dangers for the Syrians and the region.” He added, “We reached in Jordan a few years ago to a proposal that has now become a Jordanian initiative based on having a leading Arab role in political participation with the Syrian government, whether it is to find a solution that will end the crisis or address all its consequences.” humanitarian, security and political.
Safadi noted, “The alternative to this is more of the same, and more of the same means more suffering for the Syrian people and more serious consequences for all of us in the region and beyond.”