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Turkish, Jordanian FMs discuss bilateral ties, voluntary return of Syrian refugees

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu underlined that bilateral ties with Jordan are strong, that both countries share several regional challenges, and that they have similar views on these issues.

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On Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu underlined that bilateral ties with Jordan are strong, that both countries share several regional challenges, and that they have similar views on these issues.

Speaking during a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman al-Safadi in the capital Ankara, Cavusoglu emphasized that both countries have coinciding views on the Palestine issue and the state of Jerusalem as well.

“We will continue our cooperation with international institutions such as the United Nations and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation,” he added.

During the press conference, Cavusoglu also stated that Turkey and Jordan are working together to ensure a voluntary return of Syrians living in their countries.

The Turkish foreign minister also said: “We want to host a conference on the ministerial level on this issue in Turkey.”

Turkey has backed moderate opposition groups against the Assad regime and opened its doors to those who had to flee the country to save their lives since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

Currently, Turkey hosts nearly 3.8 million Syrian migrants, more than any country in the world. Humanitarian aid efforts for Syrians are also led by Turkey, both in the country itself and opposition-controlled areas of northern Syria.

It has also engaged in building briquette houses for Syrians and enhancing conditions in the safe zones created through counterterrorism operations to facilitate the return of volunteers.

Jordan is also hosting around 1.3 million Syrian refugees.

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