India, Jordan sign pacts after Modi-Abdullah bilateral meet

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind with Jordan King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Prime Minister Narendra Modiduring the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, March 1, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind with Jordan King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Prime Minister Narendra Modiduring the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, March 1, 2018.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks on Thursday with King of Jordan Abdullah II where two sides signed several pacts in the sphere of manpower, trade cooperation and health and vowed strengthening cooperation in defence and counter-terrorism.

The defence agreement will define the scope of the cooperation in some of the recognised areas like training; defence industry; counter-terrorism; military studies; cyber security; military medical services, peace-keeping etc, the external affairs ministry said.

Other MoUs included cooperation in field of health and medicine, setting up of next generation Centre of Excellence (COE) in Jordan, long term supply of Rock Phosphate and Fertilizer/NPK as well as customs mutual assistance agreement.

Early on Thursday, the visiting dignitary was accorded ceremonial welcome and guard of honour at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan in the presence of President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi.

Following the event at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the two leaders delivered a lecture on Islamic heritage at the India Islamic Centre in New Delhi.

Addressing the event, PM Modi said India has been a “cradle of all major religions in the world” and every religion promotes human values. He also said the fight against terrorism and radicalisation was not against any religion, but against a mindset that misguides youth.

The Union Cabinet had on Wednesday gave its nod to sign pacts with Jordan, including cooperation in the field of health, manpower, customs and mining.

It also approved signing an MoU with Jordan on cooperation and mutual administrative assistance in customs matters, which would help in availability of relevant information for prevention and investigation of offences related to customs violation.

The cabinet also gave its approval for a pact for cooperation between India and Jordan in the field of manpower. The pact aims at enhancing collaboration between the two sides in promoting best practices in administration of contractual employment, reflect the latest reforms in recruitment processes and enhance protection and welfare of Indian workers in Jordan.

Cooperation between the two countries in health and medical science, which will cover areas like Universal Health Coverage (UHC), health system governance, services and information technology in health, among others was also approved by the cabinet.

(With inputs from PTI)