Jordanian King to Deliver Talk on Islamic Heritage on India Visit

The Palestinian issue, radicalisation & extremism are likely to figure during the 3-day meet.

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A special address on Islamic heritage and promoting moderation will be a highlight of Jordanian King Abdullah II's three-day India visit beginning on 27 February.

The king, a 41st generation direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad, is known for his global initiative to fight radicalisation and terrorism and is also custodian of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, located in the Old City of Jerusalem.

India considers Jordan an "oasis of stability and harmony" in conflict-ridden West Asia, official sources said.

During the King's visit, both sides will aim to further boost ties in several key areas and look to finalise a framework for defence and security cooperation, they said.

The king’s itinerary includes a slew of activities, including a meet with MEA Sushma Swaraj on 28 February. This will be a followed by his visit to IIT Delhi and a meet with business leaders at the Jordanian-Indian Business Forum. On 1 March, there will be a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by wreath laying at Raj Ghat.

The Palestinian issue and ways to deal with terrorism, radicalisation and extremism are likely to figure, apart from key bilateral and regional matters in talks between the king and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, the sources said.

Modi and several senior dignitaries and representatives from leading Islamic institutions from across the country are expected to attend the special address by the Jordanian king at Vigyan Bhavan on Thursday.

The topic – 'Islamic heritage; Promoting Understanding and Moderation' – has been selected by the king himself, the sources said.

A translation of a book A Thinking Person's Guide to Islam - the Essence of Islam in 12 versus from the Quran will also be released at the event, being organised by the India Islamic Cultural Centre.

The influential leader's India visit comes nearly three weeks afterModir visited Jordan as part of his recent trip to West Asia, including to Palestine.

Modi's visit to Jordan was the first bilateral trip by an Indian prime minister in three decades.

We attach great importance to our ties with Jordan as it is an oasis of stability and harmony in an area of conflict. 
A source said, reflecting on the significance of the Jordan king’s visit.

The sources said both sides are expected to ink a number of agreements to expand cooperation in several key sectors including healthcare, IT and will look to form a framework pact for defence and security cooperation.

In their talks, Modi and the king are also likely to explore ways of deepening trade ties. Twenty textile industries from India have invested around USD 300 million in Jordan.

Giving an example of the warmth in ties between the two countries, the sources said the king was travelling abroad and came back to Amman to receive Modi. He received Modi at his residence despite it being a holiday in Jordan.


He had appreciated Modi for undertaking a "stand alone" visit to Palestine through Amman and also for India's strong support to the Palestinian cause.

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