Turkey seeks to take its cooperation with Jordan to a deeper, more comprehensive level in line with bilateral ties, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, as he added that Jordan's prosperity and serenity were of great importance to his country.
In an op-ed published by Jordan's Al-Ghad daily titled "Turkey-Jordan Relations at a Historical Turn," Çavuşoğlu commented on the future of the two countries along with their bilateral relations and regional developments.
Çavuşoğlu said Jordan has made great progress in the past century since its independence, with the country's legacy, critical geographical location and well-educated and trained population playing a pivotal role.
"We do not see Jordan's prosperity and well-being any different than that of Turkey," he said, adding that the relations between the two sides have improved in every field over the course of the century.
The visit of King Abdullah I of Jordan – the first Arab leader to visit Turkey back in 1937 – was a milestone, and the Treaty of Friendship signed a decade later was the foundation of Turkish-Jordanian diplomatic relations based on mutual respect and sovereign equality, Çavuşoğlu said.
The fact that hundreds of thousands of Jordanians visit Turkey annually was an indicator of the sincere friendship between the people of both countries and the "strong ties" between the countries boost the region's confidence in its future, the minister said.
That being said, Çavuşoğlu said his country sought to take bilateral ties to the next level, noting that additional steps should be taken in the fields of commerce and investment and both countries should consider further opportunities in the post-pandemic period.
"We believe (we) are entering a period in which the Palestinian issue could be handled in a more realistic and healthy manner compared to previous years," Çavuşoğlu said."I see with satisfaction that the approaches of the two countries on this fundamental issue are very similar."
Also commenting on the Hashemite custodianship over the holy sites of Jerusalem, Çavuşoğlu said Turkey has supported the dynasty's role and Jordan was fulfilling its responsibility very well.
The Turkish minister went on to say that Turkey and Jordan are the countries that have been affected the most in dealing with the political and economic burdens of the crisis in Syria, which has been ravaged by civil war for over a decade. He said finding a solution to the Syrian crisis and ensuring a voluntary and safe return of Syrian asylum-seekers is a common priority of both countries.
In addition, Çavuşoğlu said Libya's territorial integrity and national unity are also common objectives of both Turkey and Jordan. He added that they are working sincerely for holding national elections and for Libya to have a democratic, stable, secure and prosperous structure as soon as possible with full support to the Government of National Unity.
Stressing that the Eastern Mediterranean was a point of common interest for both countries, Çavuşoğlu said Turkey favored dialogue and cooperation in the region, adding Turkey has also called for a regional conference on the Eastern Mediterranean to be attended by all actors in the region.
Çavuşoğlu noted that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's call for a conference aimed at turning the region into a basin of cooperation and peace and added that Turkey had maximum respect for the rights and interests of all parties.
"We are in favor of determining the maritime jurisdiction zones fairly and in accordance with international law," he said."We will continue to protect the rights and interests of both Turkey and Turkish Cypriots against the maximalist demands of the Greece and Greek Cypriot duo."
The minister concluded that he believed both countries would maintain the spirit of cooperation in the tests ahead, especially the issue of migration, adding the deeply-rooted relations and friendly ties of the two nations already provided the basis for taking relations to another level.
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