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Pahor, Jordan king urge political solution to Middle East crisis


Pahor stressed that due to its commitment to dialogue, Jordan stood for stability in the region. He also pointed to the country's care for Syrian refugees.

Already on Saturday, Pahor visited Za'atari, the biggest refugee centre in Jordan, where he meet its leadership to discuss the centre's activity.

The president and king also discussed other international topics, urging for cooperation in tacking global security challenges such as terrorism and radicalisation.

Pahor pointed to the lack of trust in international relations, which he believes blocks the peaceful resolution of conflicts and a policy of peace in the region.

This in turn leads to initiatives promoting military means as a way of solving conflicts being given prominence.

Pahor invited the king to take part as a guest in the Brdo-Brijuni Process, a Slovenia-Croatia initiative promoting dialogue in the Western Balkans.

Pahor and Abdullah II assessed Slovenia and Jordan had good-neighbourly relations and regular political ties, whereas honorary consuls were doing their best to compensate the absence of diplomatic missions in respective countries.

The pair urged closer economic cooperation, as well as more intensive political dialogue at the bilateral level and within international organisations.

They also said both countries would make an effort to create a business environment conductive to investments.

Posting a message on Twitter, the Jordanian king labelled Pahor's visit a new stage in bilateral relations.

The king said he saw Jordan and Slovenia having many things in common; both countries were small in size, but ambitious and able to think out of the box.

The king also said that he remembered his visit to Slovenia a few years ago. Abdullah II visited Slovenia in 2008.

Pahor also met the presidents of both chambers of the Jordanian parliament to discuss the refugee crisis and the situation in Syria and Iraq.

Meeting Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki, Pahor said Jordan was a pillar of stability in the restless region and important partner of the international community.

Al-Mulki said conflicts in the Middle East stemmed from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, where the peace process had come to a complete standstill.

Both delegations urged stronger economic cooperation given that there is still a lot of potential to be tapped in.

Cooperation between the Slovenian port of Koper and Jordan's Aqaba was identified as an opportunity to upgrade it.

Pahor, who is accompanied by Infrastructure Minister Peter Gašperšič and representatives of several Slovenian companies, also addressed a business conference in Amman.

On Monday, he will start an official visit to Egypt.


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