President Sheikh Mohamed hails UAE-Jordan ties on official visit

UAE leader said meeting with King Abdullah II explored ways to build upon strong and historic ties

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President Sheikh Mohamed arrived in Jordan on Wednesday for an official visit.

He was greeted by King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah at Marka International Airport in Amman, state news agency Wam reported.

The welcoming party included Prime Minister Dr Bishr Al Khasawneh, Ayman Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and senior officials.

An official reception was held for Sheikh Mohamed, including a guard of honour and renditions of the national anthems of the UAE and Jordan.

Earlier, the plane carrying Sheikh Mohamed was met by aircraft from the Royal Jordanian Air Force, which escorted the presidential flight until its arrival in the Jordanian capital.

The leaders discussed several regional and international developments in a meeting held at Basman Palace in Amman.

President Sheikh Mohamed welcomed to Jordan

President Sheikh Mohamed welcomed to Jordan

The two sides discussed various aspects of the historic ties between the two nations and explored ways to strengthen co-operation in key strategic sectors, with a particular emphasis on economic partnerships, investment and development opportunities.

President Sheikh Mohamed said the meeting was in line with efforts to forge even closer ties in key sectors.

"Today I had the pleasure of meeting King Abdullah II of Jordan to explore ways to build upon the strong and historic ties between our two nations and our people," Sheikh Mohamed wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"The UAE and Jordan will continue working together in pursuit of sustainable economic growth and regional stability."

King Abdullah welcomed Sheikh Mohamed's visit in a message on social media.

"My dear brother Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has honoured us by visiting Jordan, his second country," King Abdullah wrote.

"The love and brotherhood that combines the two countries and dear people is a model of genuine Arab ties, and forms a banner to deepen joint Arab work."

Sheikh Mohamed's delegation includes Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi; and Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.

Sheikh Mohamed's trip is intended to bolster long-standing ties between the nations.

In April, Sheikh Mohamed held an iftar banquet in honour of King Abdullah.

The UAE leader hosted the visiting monarch and Crown Prince Hussein at Al Bateen Palace.

King Abdullah regularly visits the UAE to cement links between the allies.

He made an official visit to Abu Dhabi in November, where he was greeted by Sheikh Mohamed at Al Bateen Airport on arrival.

In June, King Abdullah had talks with Sheikh Mohamed at Al Shati Palace.

The two men reviewed opportunities to develop links in political, economic, investment and developmental fields.

King Abdullah also visited the UAE in February 2022 with his wife Queen Rania.

UAE-backed residential development opens

Sheikh Mohamed's visit came as King Abdullah opened the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Residential City in Zarqa, Jordan.

The city comprises 1,032 apartments dedicated to officers, non-commissioned officers and members of the Jordanian Armed Forces, Wam reported.

It was built with the support of a grant from the UAE.

The opening ceremony was attended by Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Jordan and Maj Gen Pilot Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, along with several officers from the armed forces of both nations.

Updated: August 03, 2023, 5:57 AM