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Investment top on agendas of King’s Davos meetings

His Majesty continues meetings with leaders, key business figures

By JT - Jan 24,2018 - Last updated at Jan 24,2018

His Majesty King Abdullah meets King Felipe VI of Spain in Davos on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday continued a series of planned meetings on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, a Royal Court statement said.

Her Majesty Queen Rania attended some of these meetings, according to the statement. 

His Majesty met separately with Spanish King Felipe VI, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emanuel Macron, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.

The meeting between King Abdullah and King Felipe VI focused on the partnership between both kingdoms, as well as the latest regional developments.

They also expressed keenness on further cooperation and enhancing bilateral ties at all levels, especially in the economic, investment, energy and infrastructure fields.

The two sides highlighted the importance of sustaining coordination and consultation over various issues, in a way that serves both countries' interests and contributes to enhancing world peace and security.

Discussions also covered current developments in the Middle East, as well as regional and international efforts in the war against terrorism.

King Abdullah’s meeting with Merkel, attended by Queen Rania, focused on means to expand cooperation between Jordan and Germany, especially at economic, trade, development and military fields, along with regional issues.

King Abdullah expressed his appreciation for the German support to Jordan, voicing hope for further aid to help the Kingdom implement development and economic projects.

The two leaders also discussed developments related to the Mideast peace process and Jerusalem, agreeing that the two-state solution is the only formula that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  

The King highlighted the importance of Jerusalem for Muslims and Christians, stressing that the holy city is key to regional peace and stability. He reiterated that status has to be settled as part of negotiations over the final-status issues. 

Also on Wednesday, King Abdullah met with French President Emmanuel Macron and reviewed strategic partnership relations, where both leaders highlighted the importance of developing cooperation at the economic, trade and investment levels.

They also agreed to continue coordination and consultation over various regional and international issues.  

His Majesty expressed appreciation for the French support for Jordan’s infrastructure and development projects in key sectors, highlighting the importance of French investments in the Kingdom. 

The meeting also focused on the latest developments in the Palestinian issue, especially Jerusalem, with the King reaffirming the importance of pushing the peace process forward through serious and effective negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, which, he said, should lead to the establishment of the Palestinian independent state within the pre-1967 lines and with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In this regard, King Abdullah reiterated that Jerusalem is the key to regional peace.

Discussions also went over regional and international efforts in the war against terrorism within a holistic approach, as well as regional crises and endeavours aimed at reaching political solutions to these conflicts.

During his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, His Majesty expressed appreciation for the premier’s efforts aimed at achieving peace and security in Iraq, highlighting the importance of supporting Iraq in its reconstruction efforts.

King Abdullah renewed Jordan’s consistent support for Iraqi efforts to maintain the security and stability of the country.

The meeting went over the “deep-rooted” relations between the two countries and the importance of expanding cooperation at all levels, especially in the economic and trade fields.

His Majesty stressed the significance of working within the Iraqi constitution to bridge confidence and understanding gaps among all components of the Iraqi people. 

Discussions also covered efforts exerted in the war against terrorism and the need to support the Iraqi efforts in combating this danger that threatens world peace and stability.

His Majesty, in the presence of Queen Rania, met Hariri over the latest developments in the Lebanese arena and the region. 

The Monarch highlighted the “deep-rooted” and brotherly ties between the two countries, stressing Jordan’s full support for Lebanon in its efforts to overcome challenges and maintain its national unity, sovereignty, security and stability as the country pursues a better future for its people.

The King reiterated Amman’s keenness to further expand relations with Beirut, especially at the economic, trade and investment levels.

The meeting also focused on the latest developments in the Palestinian issue and Jerusalem, in addition to the Syrian crisis and its repercussions on both countries, mainly those ensuing from the refugee influx.

They highlighted the importance of UNRWA’s role in the provision of educational, health and relief services to Palestinian refugees, urging adequate assistance to the agency to be able to continue its humanitarian mission.

King Abdullah’s meeting with Barzani focused on the latest developments in Iraq and efforts under way to achieve national conciliation. They also discussed prospects of further cooperation between Jordan and the Kurdistan Region, especially at the economic and investment fields.

His Majesty highlighted the importance of working jointly, within the Iraqi constitution, to regain confidence and understanding among all components of the Iraqi people to realise stability and prosperity for the country.

The King’s meeting with Rama focused on means to enhance cooperation between the two countries, mainly at the economic level, as well as the latest regional developments and efforts of fighting terrorism that threatens world peace and security.

Also on Wednesday, His Majesty met with George Soros, chair of the Open Society Foundations and reviewed investment opportunities in the Kingdom.

Soros stressed that Jordan constitutes a main attraction in the region for enjoying investment-attractive characteristics, noting that the Kingdom plays a leading role in developing technologies, especially in the e-government and e-payment systems. 

King Abdullah also met with WEF Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab and his spouse Hilde over means to enhance cooperation and partnership between Jordan and the forum. 

His Majesty stressed the importance of issues addressed at the forum in its 2018 edition, especially those related to enhancing international cooperation in the security and economic fields.

The chairman voiced his appreciation for the King’s participation and for Jordan for hosting several regional conferences of the forum, praising the Monarch’s continuous efforts in realising peace and enhancing security, stability and prosperity in the region.


He also expressed pride in the forum’s partnership with the Kingdom, which, he said, enjoys an important geographical location, economic incentives and a key regional role.

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