PM receives Japanese Foreign Minister

Amman, Dec. 26 (Petra) — Prime Minister, Hani Mulki, on Tuesday, received Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, and his accompanying delegation, and hailed the strategic relations between Jordan and Japan.

He also voiced appreciation for Japan’s technical assistance to the Kingdom to meet its humanitarian and economic needs.

The prime minister highlighted economic challenges and burdens facing Jordan due to the unstable situation in the region, in particular the Syrian crisis and its repercussions on key sectors such as health, education, water and infrastructure.

Mulki said the government is looking forward to Japan’s support through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to establish a training center in the field of technology to provide qualitative training for young job seekers, and to be managed by a big Japanese company in partnership with the private sector in Jordan.

The premier discussed developments in the Middle East, including Jerusalem, which, he said, is a political issue of concern to the entire Muslim world and that its future should be determined through final status negotiations. He also underlined Jordan’s rejection of the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which he considered as null and contrary to the international law and legitimacy.

Mulki spoke in this regard about Jordanian efforts and diplomacy, led by His Majesty King Abdullah II, to warn against the danger of changing the historical legal status quo in the city of Jerusalem.

He added that Jordan appreciates Japan’s important political role to enhance security and stability worldwide and find a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue within the framework of the two-state solution.

The Japanese foreign minister commended the distinguished relations between Japan and Jordan, and said Jordan is a key partner of Japan, not only in economic affairs, but also in political issues related to the region, as the Kingdom is a key player in the Middle East.

He said Tokyo appreciated that Jordan shoulders the burden of hosting refugees, pointing to the aid provided by Japan for water projects in the northern governorates.

He pointed out that his government is keen on stimulating the Japanese private sector to explore opportunities for investment in the Kingdom.

Source: Jordan News Agency