Jordan King meets UAE FM, stronger ties expected

Emirates to provide financial assistence. Talks on Syria, Yemen

13 March, 20:13

    Jordanian  Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (R) and his UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (R) and his UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

    AMMAN - King Abdullah of Jordan held a high profile meeting with UAE foreign minister Abdullah Bin Zayed which is expected to usher new era in economic and security ties between the two sides.

    The UAE official has pledged his country's desire to help pull Jordan out of its economic doldrums by providing badly needed financial assistance.

    But observers say the kingdom is expected to show it was ready to follow footsteps of Saudi Arabia and UAE in several key security issues in the region, including ties to Qatar, the war in Yemen and involvement in Syria as well as the stance concerning peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

    Observers said Jordan's latest decision to suspend the free trade agreement with Turkey could be in line with a new policy by Jordan to become closer to views of Saudi and UAE.

    ''The timing of the cancellation, which is 24 hours before the UAE foreign minister arrived could not be a pure coincidence,' said a diplomatic source.

    Turkey has provided backing for Qatar in its spat with the two powerful gulf countries and is seen by the two nations as threat to their ambition in the region.

    During the meeting, held at the al-Husainiah Palace, King Abdullah underscored the "long-standing and deep ties" between the two brotherly countries and voiced keenness to foster prospects of cooperation in various fields,' said Petra news agency.

    The meeting, continued over a lunch banquet, touched on the two-way high-level coordination and cooperation on Mideast regional crises, in an effort to realize peace, security and stability in the region and to serve pan-Arab issues.

    King Abdullah expressed appreciation for UAE's continued support to Jordan to help the Kingdom carry out its developmental ventures, said Petra.

    The King, moreover, underlined the importance of expanding UAE's investments in the Kingdom, noting the competitive privileges Jordan's economy provides for investors in various vital sectors.

    Discussions also tackled challenges and current crises in the Middle East and some Arab countries, as well as efforts to reach political solutions to them to bring about peace and security to the region.

    On the Palestinian issue, King Abdullah emphasized that the next Arab summit would unify Arab stances supporting the Palestinian people in establishing their sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital. 

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