Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi said his country welcomes the enhancement of relations with Iran to tackle regional challenges both Tehran and Amman face.
Safadi made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday
“We want good and brotherly relations between the two countries, and are determined to open up a new page in our relationship with Iran,” he said.
“We both face many challenges in the [West Asia] region, which cannot be addressed except through cooperation. Our bilateral relations must reflect historical, fraternal bonds that exist between the two nations,” he added.
Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, expressed Tehran’s readiness to improve relations and increase the level of cooperation with Amman, pointing to abundant opportunities for bilateral and regional collaboration.
“The positive atmosphere in the region as well as warming relations between Iran and Arab countries will hopefully boost ties between Iran and Jordan to serve their mutual interests,” he said.
Amir-Abdollahian also commended Jordan’s remarkable efforts to defend sacred Islamic and Christian sites across the occupied Palestinian territories in the face of Israeli acts of aggression and lauded the Arab country’s unwavering support for the Palestinian nation and the holy city of al-Quds.
Jordan’s Hashemite ruling family has been the sole custodian of the Muslim and Christian holy sites in East al-Quds, including the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount, since 1924.