Middle East/conversation with the King of Jordan
The President spoke on the telephone to His Majesty Abdullah II, King of Jordan.
During the conversation, they talked about the situation in the Middle East. The President paid tribute to the King of Jordan’s positive role in the peace efforts in both the Syria crisis and the conflict in Gaza.
As regards the Israel-Palestine crisis, the President signalled his support for the Egyptian mediation. He said that this diplomatic initiative seemed to him essential for getting an extension to the ceasefire currently being observed, in order to halt the tragedy of the civilian massacres seen in Gaza over the past several weeks and also the attacks which have struck Israeli territory. The Head of State reiterated his firm belief that lasting peace would ultimately depend on the signature of a definitive agreement establishing two states living side by side in peace and security. He signalled France’s willingness to work with Jordan within the United Nations Security Council on a draft resolution backing Egypt’s ceasefire initiative, in order to get it [the ceasefire] extended, and also relaunching the negotiations, which must lead to peace.
They talked, too, about the Lebanon situation and agreed to coordinate their action in support of the country’s authorities for making the territory secure.
The Head of State expressed his deep concern to the King of Jordan about the establishment of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group, which is persecuting religious minorities. These populations under threat in Iraq, especially Christians, need to be provided with all the support necessary for their protection. Finally, François Hollande recalled to King Abdullah II France’s action alongside Jordan taking in Syrian refugees, and told him that France wished to continue this commitment./.