On Day 3 of Jordan King’s visit to India, PM Modi held comprehensive talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II on key bilateral and regional issues after which two sides signed a dozen agreements, including on strengthening cooperation in defence and counter-terrorism.
- PM Modi and the King Abdullah II held extensive bilateral talks on 1 March
- 12 agreements were signed between India & Jordan with a focus on defence cooperation
- Both leaders discussed about Islamic heritage at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan
- King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein arrived in Delhi on Tuesday, 27 February on a three-day visit
- PM Modi broke protocol to personally receive the King at the airport.
- The Jordanian King’s visit comes nearly three weeks after Modi travelled to Jordan as part of his trip to West Asia, including Palestine.
King of Jordan Meets President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan
King Abdullah II of Jordan met President Ram Nath Kovind & Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, ANI reported .
India, Jordan Ink 12 Pacts; One to Strengthen Defence Cooperation
India and Jordan renewed their support to the Palestinian cause as the two sides signed 12 agreements, including one on defence cooperation, following a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King of Jordan Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein on1 March.
The defence agreement will define the scope of the cooperation in some of the recognised areas like training; defence industry; counter-terrorism; military studies; cyber security; military medical services, peace-keeping etc, the external affairs ministry said.
Apart from defence deal, an agreement on visa waiver for diplomatic and official passport holders were among 12 documents.
Other MoUs included cooperation in field of health and medicine, setting up of next generation Centre of Excellence (COE) in Jordan, long term supply of Rock Phosphate and Fertilizer/NPK as well as customs mutual assistance agreement
Ahead of the bilateral talks, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "reinvigorating traditionally close and cordial ties."
(With PTI inputs)
King of Jordan and PM Modi Talk on Islamic Heritage
Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Prime Minister Modi delivered addresses on the theme, 'Islamic Heritage and promoting Understanding and Moderation', at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan.
PM Modi said India's youth should associate themselves with the humanitarian aspects of Islam and be able to use modern technology at the same time.
India, the PM added, had been a "cradle of all major religions in the world".
He said the fight against terrorism and radicalization was not against any religion, but against a mind set that misguides youth.
Sharing his views on religion, King Abdullah II said faith should hold humanity together.
Faith allows us to prosper and thrive, he said while emphasizing that people should reject voices which spread hatred.
The two leaders discussed a gamut of issues ranging from Syrian refugees to Palestine and resolved to enhance cooperation in the economic sphere, T S Tirumurti, secretary (economic relations) in the external affairs ministry, told reporters.