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EU, Jordan strengthen ties on Europe Day amid Gaza crisis

By : Nedal Zubeidi

Jordan Daily – The European Union’s Head of Delegation to Jordan, Ambassador Pierre-Christophe Chatzisavas, highlighted the Schuman Declaration during a reception held by the EU mission in Amman at the residence of the Belgian Ambassador last night, marking Europe Day.

The Schuman Declaration, presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on May 9, 1950, proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, leading to the formation of today’s European Union. The declaration, commemorated annually on May 9, symbolizes the struggle for peace and addressing global threats.

Chatzisavas emphasized the intertwined nature of all projects and the struggle for a rules-based order. He noted that these values are central to the EU’s partnership with Jordan.

Belgian Ambassador to Jordan, Serge Dickschen, currently holding the EU Presidency, expressed his pleasure in opening his residence for this significant annual event , stressing the importance of replacing historical rivalries with a spirit of cooperation around common goals.

Dickschen also addressed the war in Gaza and the worrying situation in the West Bank. Alongside other Member States, Belgium continues to demand an unconditional and sustainable ceasefire, full respect of international law, release of all hostages, and unhindered humanitarian access.

He commended Jordan’s efforts, under His Majesty’s guidance, in providing aid to Gaza through air drops, with the support of the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization and JAF.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Zeina Touqan, affirmed the importance of the Jordanian-European partnership in various aspects, including investment and support for the refugee crisis in the Kingdom.

She added that Jordan is looking forward to advancing stages to face its challenges and emphasized the importance of enhancing bilateral partnership in terms of mutual trade relations, water challenges, infrastructure, financial management, and other logistical issues.

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