King Abdullah on Thursday met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov over the latest developments in Syria, according to The Jordan Times.
They discussed means to address the Syrian crisis in a way that guarantees Syria’s unity and ends the suffering of its people, according to a Royal Court Jordan statement.
At the meeting, which was attended by Prince Feisal, His Majesty and Bogdanov underlined the importance of intensifying cooperation and coordination between Russia and the US regarding efforts exerted to reach an inclusive political solution to the conflict in Syria.
Talks also addressed regional and international efforts in combating terrorism in line with a comprehensive strategy, the statement added.
The Russian official expressed Moscow’s appreciation for Jordan’s contributions to handling the Syrian refugee influx, and the humanitarian and relief aid it provides to Syrian refugees. He stressed Russia’s support to all endeavours seeking to secure a safe return of the refugees to their country.
Jordan hosts around 1.3 million Syrians, including more than 600,000 registered refugees, the majority of whom live outside the two designated camps in Zaatari and Azraq.
King’s Military Adviser and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Gen. Mashal Al Zaben and King’s Adviser on National Security
Affairs and General Intelligence Department Director Gen. Faisal Shobaki attended the meeting.
Also on Thursday, Prime Minister Hani Mulki met with Bogdanov over bilateral relations and the latest regional developments, especially in the Palestinian and Syrian arenas, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The premier called on Russia to urge the international community to provide the necessary assistance to Jordan to help it mitigate the repercussions of the burden of hosting Syrian refugees on the country and host communities.
He added that the problems and challenges facing the Middle East are mainly attributed to the lack of a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue, stressing that peace is no longer an interest for Arabs alone, but it rather serves regional and international peace and security.
Bogdanov said his visit to the Kingdom is aimed at getting acquainted with Jordan’s vision regarding regional developments, expressing his appreciation for the Kingdom’s role in enhancing peace and stability in the Middle East.