Syria, Jordan sign joint agreements
Syria-Jordan, Politics, 3/1/2005
The Syrian- Jordanian Higher Joint Committee on Monday wrapped up its deliberations by signing a bulk of agreements and memos in fields of science, economy, trade, tourism, agriculture, industry training, media and health.
Syrian and Jordanian Ministries of Interior signed a cooperation agreement on fighting terrorism and the organized crime in addition to the agreement on border demarcation.
Ministries of Industry also signed a modified agreement on the establishment of a free trade zone and a memo on the industrial cooperation.
In the field of agriculture the two ministries signed the minute of the follow-up agricultural committee and an executive program on agricultural cooperation for the year 2005.
Syrian and Jordanian Ministries of Tourism signed the executive program for tourist cooperation agreement.
The two countries also inked executive programs for cooperation in the fields of vocational training, social development and media for the years 2005-2007.
Memos of understanding in the fields of free trade zones, environment protection, water of drink, roads and bridges and housing were also signed by the Committee.
In the political domain, the Committee headed by Syrian Premier Mohammad Naji Otari and his counterpart Faisal al-Fayez expressed content over the level of the bilateral relations, asserting importance of boosting them.
Both sides underlined faith in Arab solidarity against the current challenges facing the Arab nation, asserting importance of the Arab League's role.
They also underscored commitment to the Arab peace initiative approved by Beirut summit as a base for the achievement of a just and comprehensive peace in the region.
Syria and Jordan appealed to the international community and its legitimate institutions to compel Israel to lift the siege imposed on the Palestinian cities, to stop building the racial wall of separation and to end settlement in the occupied Arab lands.
" Palestinian people's unity is the guarantee for protecting their legitimate rights," they added, calling on the international community to compel Israel to implement the international legitimacy resolutions and not to hinder the resumption of peace negotiations on all tracks.
Regarding Iraq, they stressed commitment to Iraq's unity, calling for completing the political process in a way that secures al Iraqis' participation in framing Iraq's constitution.
The Committee vehemently condemned the assassination of Lebanese Premier Rafic Hariri, stressing support to Lebanon's unity, sovereignty and independence.
Otari and al-Fayez called for holding an international conference to define terrorism and tits motives, asserting importance of distinguishing between terrorism and people's right of resistance approved by the UN.
They also condemned adopting the policy of imposing sanctions as a means of pressure at the international relations, pointing out that such a way complicates issues and prevents the establishment of balanced relations among states.
Both sides called for adopting dialogue as the best means for solving disputes among states to achieve international security and stability.
Jordan's spokesman Asmaa Khuder underlined importance of the Syrian-Jordanian Higher Committee's achievements that contribute to boost cooperation and coordination between the two countries.
In a pres conference, Khader pointed out that "border demarcation and cooperation in the field of fighting smuggling are in the interest of both states." Meanwhile, Before leaving Jordan, Premier Otri pointed out to the positive atmosphere prevailed in the meeting, referring to the agreements and memos signed between the two countries.
Earlier, Premier Otari and the accompanying delegation visited Great Amman Secretariat's Headquarters and was briefed on the Secretariat's role in all domains.
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