Development….Not Discrimination

In the backdrop of ongoing political turmoil in West Asia, King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan concluded his three-day visit to India on Friday. From India, he sent a strong message to the global community, saying that the campaign against terrorism is not aimed at any particular religion.
King Abdullah and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to join hands in order to ensure global peace. During his meeting with PM Modi on Wednesday, the visiting king said that Jordan was ready to promote the concept of pluralist society in order to get rid of extremism. He also said that each and every country should allow people to enjoy the benefits of financial development, without any discrimination. The Jordanian king and PM Modi sent a clear message that terrorism and radicalisation are not linked to any religion to the world and all-round economic development would help us get rid of the global menace. They also discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. In the presence of the two leaders, senior Indian and Jordanian officials signed 12 pacts, including one to boost bilateral defence co-operation.

King Abdullah with PM Modi

TS Tirumurti, the Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, said that they exchanged views on some sensitive issues, ranging from Syrian refugees to Palestine. He told the media that India and Jordan renewed their support to the Palestinian cause, stressing: “His Majesty was appreciative of our prime minister undertaking a standalone visit to Palestine through Amman.” King Abdullah also appreciated India’s “significant” effort to normalise the situation in West Asia. Meanwhile, PM Modi thanked Jordan for facilitating his transit to Palestine in what was the first ever Indian prime ministerial visit to the West Asian nation. The visit effectively de-linked Israel from Palestine, according to Tirumurti.
On Thursday, King Abdullah delivered a lecture on “Promoting Understanding and Moderation” at Vigyan Bhawan in the Indian capital and also took part in a CEO round-table followed by India-Jordan Business Forum.

King Abdullah

The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that the Jordanian king’s visit to the South Asian country was very important in the current global geopolitical scenario. During PM Modi’s recent trip to the Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, the two countries agreed to develop a joint project in order to fight fundamentalism and radicalism. Jordan is one of those Muslim countries with which India plans to implement a programme to counter fundamentalism. King Abdullah, who hosted PM Modi at his residence in Amman earlier in February, welcomed New Delhi’s decision to counter radicalism, saying that India should help West Asia restore peace.
Meanwhile, India and Jordan also agreed to co-operate in some new areas. According to sources close to the External Affairs Ministry, New Delhi and Amman will soon implement a framework agreement in defence sector. The close defence ties with Jordan will help India increase its influence in the Red Sea and also in the eastern Mediterranean region.

Jordan is an important trade partner of India. As the Jordanian economy is currently experiencing a slowdown, India has decided to explore business opportunities there. The bilateral trade stood at USD 1.35 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the External Affairs Ministry.

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