Jordanian King, PM discuss with Canadian defense minister ways to further boost ties - Pakistan News Digest

Jordanian King, PM discuss with Canadian defense minister ways to further boost ties

Amman Jordanian King Abdullah II discussed with visiting Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan the latest developments in the region and means to forge closer cooperation between the two countries in the military and security fields.

The meeting, held at Al-Husainiyah Palace here on Sunday, also dealt with repercussions of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy to the occupied city.

The King and the Canadian minister reviewed efforts to fight terrorism within a holistic strategy, and affirmed the importance of intensifying regional and international efforts to eradicate terrorism that threaten global peace and security, Petra reported.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki held talks with Minister Sajjan and their discussion focused on further enhancing bilateral cooperation, particularly in the defense fields. They also reviewed the latest developments in the Middle East.

Al-Mulki highlighted friendship ties between the two countries and lauded Canada's financial support to the Kingdom.

The premier also stressed the importance of meetings between the two countries' officials and recalled the King's successful and crucial trip to Canada recently.

He briefed the Canadian official on the Kingdom's holistic reforms being currently carried out in the political, economic, social, educational and public sector domains, and the diverse repercussions of the Mideast volatilities on Jordan' economy.

As for the Palestinian cause, Al-Mulki said this issue is central to the Mideast region and stressed the dire need to find a just and comprehensive solution in accordance with the two-state settlement.

Jerusalem, he said, is "an existential political issue" and enjoys the interest of all Arabs and Muslims across the world and should be resolved in the final status negotiations.

He recalled the King's remarks at the OIC summit on the U.S administration's decision to move its capital to the holy city as "perilous, contravenes international law, threatens Mideast security and stability, undermines aspirations to resume peace talks, and will spark violence and extremism.

The Canadian minister, on his part, highlighted Jordan's key role to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East and lauded the Kingdom's efforts to host Syrian refugees and offer them the necessary services.

He also highlighted the Kingdom's support to his country to host around 40,000 Syrian refugees over the last few years and stressed Canada's commitment to helping build security and stability in the Middle East.

He announced Canada's support to build and renovate a vital road at the Kingdom's northern border with Syria, and added this is a crucial step in his country's cooperation with Jordan, deemed a trusted partner.

He also said Jordan has great contributions in supporting regional security and stability, particularly its tremendous efforts to host refugees, that bolster world peace and prosperity.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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