PM Modi, Jordan King agree to boost bilateral ties

RSTV Bureau
Amman: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the King of Jordan Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein, at Amman in Jordan, Feb 9, 2018. PTI

Amman: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the King of Jordan Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein, at Amman in Jordan, Feb 9, 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman during his transit stay on route to Palestine, calling it a “wonderful” meeting that would further boost India-Jordan ties. Modi arrived here on the first leg of his tour of three West Asian countries.

“Had a wonderful meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. Our discussions today will give great strength to India-Jordan bilateral relations,” Modi tweeted after meeting the King.

Modi told the King that he is looking forward to his visit to India in February end. King Abdullah II, meanwhile, described the meeting as the beginning of a new chapter in the bilateral ties.

Talks between the two sides covered the Palestinian cause, and Jordan’s role in protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, based on the Hashemite custodianship over the holy shrines, Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency reported.

The talks, which were attended by Acting Prime Minister Mamdouh Abbadi, focused on coordination and consultation between the two countries in various fields, as the King highlighted the key role played by India in promoting security, stability and fighting terrorism.

“The Prime Minister expressed sincere thanks for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The Indian community enthusiastically welcomed Modi to Amman. This is Modi’s first visit to Jordan and also the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 30 years. India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950, Raveesh Kumar, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, said.

During his four-day visit, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to hold discussions with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirm India’s support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine. Modi will be the first-ever prime minister to visit Palestine.

After Palestine, he will embark to UAE on February 10-11 and will wrap up the tour in Oman on 12th. He is slated to address the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the guest country. Modi said he will engage with leading UAE and Arab CEOs in Dubai on the vast economic opportunities in India and what more can be done to bolster business collaboration.

Describing the Gulf country as a “valued strategic partner”, Modi said that India has fast-tracked cooperation with the UAE in all major spheres, including economy, energy, high technology and security.