Jordan’s king raises Palestine’s plight in talks with Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah at the Elysee Palace. (AP)
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Updated 17 January 2020

Jordan’s king raises Palestine’s plight in talks with Macron

  • Both leaders also highlighted the need for de-escalation in the conflict between Iran and the US

PARIS: France is committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, French President Emmanuel Macron told Jordan’s King Abdullah during talks between the two leaders at the Elysee Palace.

Macron’s comments came a week before he is due to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Discussions between the French leader and King Abdullah centered on the Israeli-Palestinian question, the plight of Syrian refugees in Jordan and the country’s struggling economy.

Both leaders also highlighted the need for de-escalation in the conflict between Iran and the US, diplomatic sources told Arab News.

King Abdullah said that a political solution to the Syrian conflict is needed urgently.

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Discussions between the French leader and King Abdullah centered on the Israeli-Palestinian question, the plight of Syrian refugees in Jordan and the country’s struggling economy.

Without an agreement on safe, voluntary repatriation, Jordan cannot put pressure on Syrian refugees to return to their country, he told Macron.

Since 2018 the number of Syrian refugees returning home had dwindled, he said, with 90 percent now living outside camps in cities and regional areas.

The Jordanian leader has called for international efforts to ensure refugees’ voluntary and safe return to their homeland, and is appealing to France to lead a European push for this solution.

King Abdullah urged France — Jordan’s biggest investor outside the Arab League — to increase investment in the country, saying that although its political and security situation is stable, the struggling economy “could lead to a crisis.” 

The two leaders agreed on the need for de-escalation between the US and Iran, both in public comments and on the ground, and also called for a consensus Iraqi government that will “protect the country, its unity and sovereignty.”

The Jordanian leader told Macron that the “fragile situation” in Lebanon must be addressed and a consensus government established as quickly as possible.


UAE reports 1,083 new COVID-19 cases, a hike from the previous day

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UAE reports 1,083 new COVID-19 cases, a hike from the previous day

  • Dubai Police say 721 violations committed on beaches since March
  • Kuwait records 616 cases and 2 deaths, Oman reports 628 cases and 10 deaths

DUBAI: The UAE on Wednesday recorded 1,083 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, bringing the total to 87,530 and 406 respectively.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said 970 cases had recovered in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 76,995 since the pandemic emerged.
Meanwhile, Dubai Economy said it issued four fines to shops Al-Rigga and Al- Muraqqabat areas and gave warnings to two commercial establishments for not adhering to anti COVID-19 measures.

Inspection teams have been carrying out daily tours to ensure shopping centers, open markets and commercial businesses are complying with the government’s preventative measures.
Dubai Police said on Wednesday that a total of 721 violations have been committed on beaches from March to September .
Col. Saeed Al-Madhany said “maritime security teams operate patrols on foot, motorbikes and boats to monitor the public’s adherence to the precautionary measures.

The station also uses drones equipped with hi-tech infrared cameras and loudspeakers to broadcast messages to beachgoers.
Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 616 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 101,299, while the death toll stood at 590 after two new deaths were registered.

Oman recorded 628 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths, bringing the total numbers to 95,339 and 875 respectively.