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Middle East Peace and Security

Jordan and the rest of the Arab and Muslim world are committed. In the Arab Peace Initiative, we reach out to Israel with an unprecedented opportunity for a comprehensive settlement; a settlement that will enable Israel to have normal relations with 57 Arab and Muslim states, one third of the United Nations.


Now, we reach out to you, our fellow members of this United Nations. All stand to lose if the talks fail; all gain when peace is achieved. Our global and collective influence is key. Together, we must tip the balance toward peace.


Development programmes can help build a foundation for peace, but they ultimately depend on peace to succeed long-term.


…The full potential of not just Jordanian-Israeli relations, but the whole region, will not be realized unless comprehensive peace is achieved


Jerusalem is a city that unites Muslims, Christians and Jews in equality


...Peace means development. It means a better future, and it means economic growth and cooperation


“We must stand firmly and strongly by any Arab country subject to external interference in its internal affairs, the casting of aspersions on its Arab identity, sovereignty and independence, or attacks against its territory. We must also confront any attempt to tamper with the security and stability of the Arab Gulf.”


“Over the next few years, there needs to be wide-scale, tangible solutions to the issues that affect people's lives: community development, access to health care, affordable energy, secure water resources, good schools, gender equality and jobs, jobs, jobs – some 200 million more – for college graduates as well as school-leavers.”

The economic prosperity of all of us will be incomplete without regional peace. Our region needs peace and I hope that all parties, particularly our Israeli partners, will recognise the opportunity that is now before us. The Arab Peace Initiative can take the region one tremendous step closer to peace and stability in the Middle East…


We, all of us, must take risks for peace. The Arab states recognised that in 2002, when we unanimously approved the Arab Peace Initiative. It puts forward a path for both sides, to achieve what people want and need: a collective peace treaty with Israel and normal relations with every Arab state; collective security guarantees for all the countries of the region, including Israel; an end to the conflict, a dream every Israeli citizen has longed for since the creation of Israel; an agreed solution to the refugee problem; withdrawal from Arab territories occupied since 1967; and a sovereign, viable, and independent Palestine...


The choice is ours: an open world full of promise, progress and justice for all; or a closed world of divided peoples, fear and unfulfilled dreams. Nothing impacts this choice more than the future of peace in the Middle East…


…World shaping events and changes are not just challenges, they are choices. We have the power to shift the equations – whether it is peace and war; or poverty and prosperity – by what we do, together, to understand and take action…


If we don't solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem, then how can we ever solve the Israeli-Arab problem?


Walking away from these challenges is not an option. Their impact extends to every corner of the world. We must confront these dangers, think in new ways about how peace and progress can be achieved – and act…


In building trust, dialogue – however important – is no substitute for action. We must live up to our commitment to justice and peace. This brings me to the subject of conflict resolution. And nowhere is it more important than in my region, the Middle East…


The friends of Middle East peace are also actively working. And today, they have an unprecedented opportunity to succeed. The basic goals are shared by people on both sides: Justice for the Palestinians. Security for the Israelis. Two states, living side by side, based on international legality. The challenge now is to help people to hold that vision – to believe in a future of peace, despite the forces of violence…


Most of us believe… if we want to have a true peace in the Middle East, it’s not Israel's peace to the Jordan River or the Golan Heights or Sinai. The true prize, I think, is for Israel to have peace in the Arab world from Morocco in the Atlantic to Oman in the Indian Ocean…


Global support for peace is more than a moral obligation. The Arab-Israeli conflict remains the region's central crisis, causing immense suffering and destruction, and holding back regional development…


In 2002, Arab countries took a bold step forward, committing themselves to a two-state solution that includes security guarantees for Israel to live in peace with its neighbours; a sovereign and democratic Palestine; and a process that leads to a comprehensive settlement, addressing the Syrian and Lebanese tracks…


Peace for us is the noblest of aims and an object of our constant and determined quest. Only peace can bring stability, security and prosperity to our part of the world. It can pave the way for regional cooperation, open borders and joint coordination for the benefit of all the peoples and states in the region…


Peace is our strategic option, and it is so for our Arab brothers. We seek a just and durable peace for all on all tracks based on justice and on international charters…