Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi affirmed that his country will not hesitate to protect its security, warning of the danger of drug smuggling, which poses a threat to Jordan and the region.
Safadi said in a joint press conference with his Dutch counterpart, Wopke Hoekstra, today (Monday): When we take any step to protect our security, we will announce it at the appropriate time, explaining that Jordan was the most affected by the Syrian crisis, so steps had to be taken to solve it.
He called on the international community to provide assistance to the Syrian refugees, pointing out that the channels of communication between the Jordanian and Syrian governments are open regarding drug smuggling.
He pointed out that drug smuggling operations pose a great threat to his country and the region, but to the whole world, revealing the agreement to form a joint political and security team to confront the drug threat and end it completely at the Amman meeting between the Jordanian and Syrian government, in reference to the meeting of the foreign ministers of Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. It was held recently to discuss efforts for a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Al-Safadi added: We are continuing to work to establish that committee, and the channels of communication are open, and I will contact my Syrian counterpart soon to discuss translating the agreement into a clear working mechanism to confront the danger.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced today the killing of Marai Al-Ramthan, who is considered the most prominent drug dealer in the region, in a Jordanian air strike at the Syrian-Jordanian border.