(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)
Abu Dhabi, May 22 (Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, met in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
During the meeting, held at Al Bateen Palace, King Abdullah and Sheikh Mohamed expressed pride in the deep-rooted, brotherly ties between Jordan and the UAE, as well as keenness to maintain cooperation and coordination on various issues of mutual concern.
His Majesty expressed appreciation for the UAE, under the leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, over its ongoing support for Jordan.
Sheikh Mohamed said the UAE gives great importance to relations with Jordan and works to advance them in various areas towards further development and progress.
He also expressed appreciation for the King's efforts in bolstering Jordan-UAE ties.
Discussions at the meeting, attended by senior officials on both sides, covered the latest regional developments and efforts to reach political solutions to crises in the region.
His Majesty reaffirmed the importance of supporting the Palestinians as they seek their legitimate rights to an independent state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Sheikh Mohamed hosted an iftar in honour of the King and the accompanying delegation, attended by a number of senior Emirati officials.
At the conclusion of the meeting, a joint Jordanian-Emirati statement was released, noting the importance of bilateral ties.
The statement said His Majesty and Sheikh Mohamed stressed the two countries' keenness to maintain consultation and exchange views on regional developments.
The King and Sheikh Mohamed also reaffirmed that Jordan's and the UAE's security is one and the same, expressing unity and solidarity in countering all challenges.
His Majesty stressed that Jordan stands by the UAE against all attempts targeting its stability, as its stability and the security of the Gulf Arab region are integral for regional and global stability.
Sheikh Mohamed thanked Jordan for supporting the UAE and Saudi Arabia in dealing with the recent attacks on ships near Emirati territorial water, as well as oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, noting that Jordan is the strategic depth of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The King and Sheikh Mohamed directed the foreign ministers and the chairmen of the joint chiefs of the two countries to maintain and institutionalise coordination to counter joint challenges.
Upon directives by His Majesty and Sheikh Mohamed, army units from the two countries will hold a joint exercise in the near future in the UAE.
Moreover, the King and the Abu Dhabi crown prince expressed their keenness to expand cooperation between Jordan and the UAE in all areas, taking steps towards further opportunities of economic, trade, investment, cultural, and tourism cooperation.