Russian-Syrian-Jordanian meeting in New York

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Thursday, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs met with his Jordanian and Syrian counterparts in New York City, on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Lavrov discussed with Mekdad the need to focus on the prospect of continuing to support the political process in Syria on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, including the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which is holding its meetings in Geneva.

According to a statement issued by the Russian Ministry,  both sides discussed the developments in the situation in Syria and the activities of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva.

For its part, the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the meeting, which brought the Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad together, in a statement in which it said that the two sides discussed the steps the two countries are taking to increase cooperation in various fields, in addition to ensuring the security of the common borders.

On September 22, Safadi said that there is a need for an American-Russian dialogue and a collective Arab role to resolve the Syrian crisis.

In an interview with Asharq News channel, Safadi said “the approaches that have proven ineffective cannot be continued. We, in the region, are the ones who pay the price of this crisis.”

Yesterday, the two ministers also discussed the issue of supplying Lebanon with electric power from Jordan and the Egyptian gas through Syria, as well as the efforts made to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis and address its consequences in all its aspects, according to the statement.

On September 18, a meeting was held in the Jordanian capital, Amman, which included the Ministers of Energy of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, during which they discussed the issue of Egyptian gas supplies to Lebanon, via Jordan and Syria.

Lebanon is witnessing a shortage of energy supplies, a sharp rise in food prices and the most severe financial crisis in its history.

Reporting by Muhammad al-Qadi