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Amman, 15 February 2018
EU-Jordan 11th meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Democratisation and Governance and 7th meeting of the Subcommittee on Justice and Security
EU-Jordan Joint Statement
The meetings were jointly chaired by H.E Ambassador Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Director of Legal & Human Rights Departments and H.E Ambassador Samer Naber, Director of the European Affairs Department and H.E Mr. Luigi Narbone, Senior Advisor to Managing Director MENA- European Union External Action Service .
The meetings took place six months after the EU-Jordan Association Council where the EU and Jordan made substantial progress towards the implementation of the EU-Jordan Partnership Priorities and Compact. Representatives from the EU and Jordan discussed recent developments inthe region, from a political and security perspective. They confirmed the utmost relevance of continuing cooperation in the UN, and presented ways to enhance the already excellent political relations and partnership on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.
The parties addressed the areas of Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law, the refugee situation and efforts to fight corruption, acknowledging both positive steps and remaining challenges to be addressed in line with international obligations.The EU will continue to support the implementation by Jordan of its National Human Rights Plan 2016-25.The EU reconfirmed its willingness to continue backing Jordan's efforts in strengthening women's rights amongst other areas of interest.The EU emphasized the key contribution that civil society makes to security, stability and prosperity and encouraged Jordan to strengthen the environmentfor civil society organisations as a driver for positive change.
The following day, the parties reviewed the operational conclusions of the counter-terrorism workshop of March 2016 and agreed to strive to enhance their security cooperation inter-alia through a more structured dialogue, including in the field of counter-terrorism, security, and, possibly the field of integrated border management, judicial cooperation as well as civil protection and disaster management. The parties further agreed to discuss efforts in preventing violent extremism in future meetings. The participation of Jordan to the EU Common Security and Defence Policy framework was also discussed and further steps were agreed. The EU reconfirmed its willingness to work with Jordan in addressing security challenges the country and the EU are facing. The EU commended Jordan's leading role in combatting terrorism.
The EU also praised Jordan's efforts in facing the impact of the prolonged crisis in Syria and committed to continue support, using different political, commercial and financial instruments at its disposal.