(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) New Delhi, March 1(Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stressing keenness to implement agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) signed between the two countries during the Royal visit, and to build on these bids to achieve further cooperation in the various domains.
During his Majesty's visit to India, 12 agreements and MoUs were inked between the two countries in the areas of customs, defense, phosphate, culture, health, medical science, labor and media.
Talks, which was held at Hyderabad Palace and attended by senior officials from both sides, touched on bilateral historic ties, as well as the latest developments on the regional and international arenas.
His Majesty and the Indian Prime Minister hailed the advanced robust ties between the two countries, mainly in the economic, trade and investment fields.
Discussions also highlighted importance of joint coordination and consultation in the various issues of common concern, which contribute to peace and stability in the Middle East and the world as well.
His Majesty stressed the importance of India's role in establishing security and stability, combating terrorism and extremism, and achieving world peace.
During the talks, His Majesty pointed out the business sector in India can benefit from the investment and competitive privileges offered by the Jordanian economy in many vital sectors, such as renewable energy, services, infrastructure and information technology.
King Abdullah highlighted the importance of exchanging visits between businessmen from both countries to explore opportunities, to build partnerships and to benefit from the Indian expertise in many fields, and said the Indian side can benefit from the Kingdom's unique strategic location and its free trade agreements with many countries, which made it a gateway to regional and global markets.
On the Palestinian cause, King Abdullah stressed the necessity of intensifying efforts to end the deadlock in the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis in order to reach a just and lasting peace, based on the two-state settlement as the only solution to end the conflict and to establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Talks also focused on regional and international efforts in the war on terrorism in a holistic approach, which threatens global security and peace.
His Majesty warned of the dangers of the phenomenon of Islamophobia in Western societies so that extremists do not use it as a pretext to feed their terrorist agendas.
In turn, India's Prime Minister Narendra Moodi stressed his country's willingness to expand cooperation with Jordan and to build on the memorandums of understanding and agreements signed between the two sides in many vital sectors to achieve the common interests of both countries and peoples.
He pointed out a delegation of Indian business leaders will fly to Jordan to build partnerships with the Jordanian private sector, especially in light of the Jordan-Indian Business Forum deliberations.
India highly appreciates Jordan's pivotal role under His Majesty's leadership in achieving peace, security and stability in the Middle East and the world, and his efforts to reach political solutions to the region's crises, Moodi pointed out.
Chief of the Royal Court, Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs, Adviser to His Majesty the King, Director of His Majesty's Office, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Minister of Public Sector Development, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Minister of State for Investment and Jordanian Ambassador to India attended the meeting.
Following the talks, His Majesty the King and the Indian Prime Minister exchanged the cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding signed between the two countries during the Royal visit.
The two countries penned cooperation agreements in the fields of customs, defense and phosphate, and a memorandum of understanding between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the University of Jordan to establish the "Indian Language Chair" and two MoUs in the fields of health, medical sciences and labor.
The two countries also signed a cultural exchange program for the years 2018-2022, penned a twinning agreement between the cities of Petra and Agra Taj Mahal, and a MoU between the Jordan Media Institute (JMI) and its Indian counterpart, another on visa exemptions for holders of diplomatic passports and a MoU between the two countries' television stations.
The King also attended a luncheon hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Mood, in honor of His Majesty and the accompanying delegation.
His Majesty the King wrote words in the guestbook of Hyderabad Palace in the capital New Delhi.
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1/3/2018 - 02:33:08 PM
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