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Prime Minister, Japanese counterpart hold talks in Tokyo

Tokyo, July 14 (Petra) –– Prime Minister Hani Mulki held talks on Friday evening with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, at the end of an official visit to Tokyo, that dealt with Jordanian-Japanese ties and ways of enhancing cooperation in political, economic and trade fields.

The talks, attended by a number of ministers and officials on both sides, tackled developments in the Middle East and challenges posed to the region.

In remarks at the meeting, Mulki conveyed the greetings of His Majesty King Abdullah II to Abe, and said the King looked forward to meeting the Japanese leader soon.

Mulki stressed the historic and strategic relations between the two countries and their leadership, voicing his appreciation for Tokyo's continued financial and technical aid to Jordan, particularly during the difficult economic conditions the Kingdom had gone through.

He said Jordan is fully ready to continue deepening the strategic partnership with Japan in all fields and will offer greater opportunities for leading Japanese companies to expand their activities and businesses in the Kingdom, which can become a springboard for these firms to access Middle Eastern and North African markets.

Mulki said he is satisfied that the Japanese-Jordanian investment initiative had started more than a year ago, and voiced his desire for more progress in this field to enhance economic ties in all fields and raise Japanese companies' interest in the Jordanian market so that the initiative will become a platform to discuss job opportunities and networking with institutions in the two countries. He noted that a group of Japanese companied had visited for this purpose.

The prime minister said he recognised Japanese firms' investment in Jordan's mining, electricity and renewable energy sectors, adding that Mitsubishi Group had joined the Shams Maan solar energy project. He also pledged that the Kingdom will take measures to enhance Japanese tourism to Jordan and invest in infrastructure, noting that the two countries will officially launch talks on a bilateral investment agreement.

Mulki thanked Japan for its support to the planned Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal project, a vital regional water venture that would promote peace in the region, and also praised the Corridor for Peace and Prosperity initiative launched by Japan ten years ago to support peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

Mulki also reviewed the repercussions of the regional situation, particularly the Syrian crisis, which, he said, had entered its seventh year and still cast a shadow on Jordan in security, economic and social terms, as the Kingdom had received 1.3 million Syrian refugees. He said the direct cost of hosting the refugees had reached about $10.6 since 2012, while the indirect cost is estimated at 3.1 to 3.5 billion dollars annually.

He said the international community and donor nations had the duty to support Jordan to efficiently pursue providing basis humanitarian services to both its citizens and the refugees, as the Kingdom is performing this duty toward the refugees on behalf of the world community.

Mulki said that despite the regional turbulence, Jordan had maintained its security and stability and kept its borders safe from all potential threats of terrorism.

He said Jordan is an influential member of the international coalition against the Daesh terror group, which is hoped to be defeated this year, stressing the need to fight terrorism based on a holistic strategy taking into consideration the war on its ideology, not only militarily, and addressing the root causes of extremism.

He said failure to find a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue would feed the feelings of frustration and extremism as most of the problems the region is witnessing had their roots in the lack of a solution to the Palestinian cause.



15/7/2017 - 04:57:22 PM
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