AMMAN – The European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy told members of the press on Sunday that the EU would do everything possible to financially support Jordan, which in recent weeks has seen its largest street protests in years against austerity measures and tax increases.
Federica Mogherini, who is on a visit to Jordan’s capital Amman, made her remarks in a joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.
“Jordan is playing a very important role in the region – and the EU will do its utmost to support Jordan in playing this role,” Mogherini said.
She reiterated that economic aid to the Hashemite Kingdom is an “investment to stabilize an ally in the hottest and most difficult area of the world.”
Mogherini stressed that the EU backs the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, recalling that the European bloc demanded that Jerusalem be the capital of both Israel and Palestine and that Jordan’s role as custodian of the sacred Islamic and Christian places of the holy city be respected.
She also discussed with Safadi the Syrian conflict, particularly how to maintain agreements to reduce violence in southern Syria, a point that concerns Amman in light of a possible offensive by the Syrian army to retake that border area.
Mogherini also met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II to address the reforms and economic programs carried out by the kingdom, which caused a wave of protests in the last two weeks that forced the resignation of Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki.
The Jordanian monarch received Mogherini before traveling to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where he will participate on Sunday in a meeting attended by Saudi leaders as well as those of the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait to support the Jordanian king following the recent protests.