Queen Rania meets with Turkish First Lady

Amman, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with the wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, First Lady Emine Erdogan, on Saturday in Amman.

Mrs. Erdogan was visiting Jordan to participate in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (WEF MENA), which commenced on Saturday at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center in the Dead Sea.

After the Turkish First Lady attended the conference, Her Majesty accompanied her to the Jordan River Designs showroom in Abdoun, where she showed her the latest collection of traditional and contemporary handicrafts produced by Jordanian female artisans.

Queen Rania also hosted Mrs. Erdogan for lunch at Daimeh restaurant at the Jordan River Designs showroom.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordanian-Egyptian joint committee discusses economic, trade ties

Amman, The Jordanian-Egyptian joint committee met on Saturday to discuss mechanisms to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields.

The committee’s discussions focused on such issues as the Suez Canal, Jordanian medicines, special facilities to Jordanian products to access the Egyptian market, transportation, energy and Egyptian labor in Jordan.

The committee seeks resolve outstanding problems and obstacles between the two sides in various industrial and commercial sectors.

The meeting was held in preparation for the Jordanian-Egyptian Higher Committee meeting scheduled to be held in Cairo in the next two months, whereas the Jordanian-Egyptian ministerial committee will meet Sunday in Amman.

The committee was chaired by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply Secretary General, Yousef Al-Shamali, from the Jordanian side, while the Arab and African cooperation sector’s supervisor, Fathy Abdel Azim, presided over the committee from the Egyptian side.

The total trade exchange between the two countries reached $663 million in 2018, marking an increase of 18 percent, compared to 2017, Al-Shamali said.

He added that Jordanian exports reached $111 million in 2018, while imports amounted to $552 million.

The Egyptian official underlined the importance of such meetings in bolstering cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially economic and trade ones.

Source: Jordan News Agency

King meets chairman of US House subcommittee on Mideast, North Africa and international terrorism

Dead Sea, His Majesty King Abdullah met on Saturday with Chairman of the Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee Ted Deutch.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, covered the strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States.

King Abdullah expressed appreciation for the United States’ support for a number of development programmes in Jordan.

Regional issues, especially the peace process, were also discussed. His Majesty stressed the importance of stepping up efforts to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution, arriving at the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The meeting also covered developments in the Syrian crisis and the burdens brought on by the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordan’s economy and its limited resources, in addition to regional and international efforts to counter terrorism within a holistic approach.

Adviser to His Majesty and Director of the Office of His Majesty Manar Dabbas and Jordan’s Ambassador in Washington, DC, Dina Kawar attended the meeting.

Source: Jordan News Agency

UAE, Romania developing cultural ties.

Romanian Minister of Culture and National Identity Valer-Daniel Breaz met with the UAE Ambassador to Romania Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Al Matrooshi, on Friday.

During the meeting, which was held at the ministry’s premises, the two sides explored means of enhancing relations between the two friendly countries in the cultural field.

Dr. Al Matrooshi called for encouraging the exchange of cultural events between both countries, holding conferences and exhibitions, as well as many arts events that will enhance cultural cooperation and identify the heritage of the two friendly peoples.

He pointed out that the Emirati Cultural Week will be held in Bucharest next June to introduce the UAE’s heritage and culture to Romania, while calling on the Romanian Ministry of Culture to support the UAE Embassy for the success of this event.

Minister Breaz, in turn, praised the development of UAE-Romania ties and expressed his desire to continue strengthening them and the readiness of the ministry to provide all support to ensure the success of the Emirati Cultural Week.

He also welcomed the hosting of Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, during the Cultural Week in Romania.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

King, UN Secretary-General discuss regional developments

Dead Sea, His Majesty King Abdullah II, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania and HRH Crown Prince Hussein, on Saturday discussed with United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres the latest regional developments and efforts to reach about peace and stability in the Middle East.

During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the King stressed the need to step up international efforts to put an end to the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967, lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.

His Majesty also highlighted the importance of stopping Israeli escalation in the occupied holy city of Jerusalem and the violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque/ Al Haram al-Sharif.

On developments of the Syrian crisis, His Majesty renewed unaltered stance calls for finding a political solution that guarantees the stability and unity of Syria and restores security for its people, reiterating that the Golan Heights is an occupied Syrian Arab territory according to all international legitimacy resolutions.

Discussions between the two leaders also touched on a number of crises in the region, including war on terrorism as part of a holistic strategy.

The Secretary-General lauded Jordan’s stance, under King Abdullah’s leadership, in receiving a large number of refugees, calling on the international donors to help host countries, with Jordan at the forefront, to meet refugee crisis.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Adviser to the King and Director of His office, as well as delegation accompanying the UN official.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Four people injured in Irbid road accident

Amman, Four people suffered various wounds and contusions following a two-vehicle collision in the northern Irbid governorate, some 80 Km away from the capital.

The Civil Defense Department’s media office said rescue teams administered first aid to the injured before transferring them to Princess Raya Hospital, listing their condition as fair.

Source: Jordan News Agency