The foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Germany and France stress the need to stop all steps that undermine the two-state solution

The foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Germany and France stressed, today, Saturday, the need to stop all unilateral steps that undermine the two-state solution and prospects for a just and lasting peace, especially the construction and expansion of settlements, the confiscation of land and the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes, including in East Jerusalem, and the cessation of violence and incitement.

They also stressed, in a joint statement issued after the fifth ministerial meeting within the framework of the Munich Group, that the rights of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods should be respected.

The meeting was attended by: Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, German Foreign Minister Annalina Birbock, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany, focused on continuing coordination and consultation to find a real political horizon to relaunch serious and effective negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to achieve a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution.

The joint statement affirmed the commitment to support efforts to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace that meets the legitimate rights of all parties and on the basis of the two-state solution, in accordance with international law, relevant United Nations resolutions and agreed references, including the Arab Peace Initiative.

The statement expressed concern about the increase in tension on the ground, and the urgent need to resume serious, effective and direct negotiations between the parties, or under the umbrella of the United Nations, including within the framework of the Quartet on the Middle East.

He stressed the importance of creating political and economic prospects, and the need for further confidence-building steps based on mutual commitments with the aim of improving the living conditions of the Palestinian people and resuming meaningful negotiations.

The statement stressed the importance of preserving the historical and legal status quo in the holy places in Jerusalem, and the importance of the historical Hashemite guardianship over the holy places in Jerusalem.

The statement reiterated the essential role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and the need to continue providing financial and political support to enable it to continue carrying out its tasks and providing vital services to Palestinian refugees in accordance with its UN mandate.

The Ministers agreed to continue working with all parties to find realistic prospects for the resumption of a credible political process, and stressed, in this context, that achieving a just and lasting peace is a strategic goal in the interest of all parties and a key to regional security and stability.

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