Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson discussed the Middle-East peace process, support for the Palestinian struggle for independence and bilateral relations between Iceland and Jordan in a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Amman, yesterday.
Foreign Minister Skarphéðinsson reiterated the support of the Icelandic government for Palestinian independence and the demand that the imposed blockade of Gaza be lifted immediately. The minister visited Gaza Wednesday, to experience, at first hand, the difficulties brought by the present situation.The ministers emphasised the good bilateral relations between Jordan and Iceland, including how friend nations can best support the Palestinian cause. The Palestinian Authority has announced its intention to turn to the United Nations in the Fall in an effort to attain recognition of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders and to ask the UN to admit Palestine as a sovereign member state.
Foreign Minister Judeh explained Jordan's role in the Middle East peace process, where the country has played a vital part. The ministers agreed on the importance of continuous efforts by the international community to broker peace. The Quartet on the Middle East is scheduled to meet next week.
Minister Skarphéðinsson also met with His Royal Highness, Prince Hashem Ben Al Hussein to discuss the peace process and bilateral relations between Jordan and Iceland. Prince Hashem voiced his interest in increasing trade, investment and cooperation on renewable energy. Minister Skarphedinsson encouraged Jordan to look towards developing geothermal energy in the future, which was met with a positive response from both Prince Hashem and Foreign Minister Judeh.