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King expresses eagerness to see UK join coalition operations against Daesh in Syria

By JT - Nov 30,2015 - Last updated at Nov 30,2015

His Majesty King Abdullah meets UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris on Monday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday met with UK Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

During the meeting, His Majesty expressed his eagerness to see the UK join coalition operations against Daesh in Syria as part of a wider strategy, including a political process and working with opposition forces on the ground in Syria already fighting Daesh.

The King and Cameron also discussed military cooperation between the two countries, in addition to the EU’s support for Jordan, especially within the framework of an international conference on Syrian refugees, which is scheduled to take place in the UK in early 2016.

Moreover, the two leaders discussed recent developments in Syria, a Royal Court statement said.

Also on the sidelines of COP21, the King met with several world leaders and heads of participating delegations.

His Majesty and King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf discussed bilateral relations, especially economic cooperation.

At the meeting, attended by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the two leaders also discussed recent developments in the region, particularly in regard to the Syrian crisis and anti-terror efforts.

At a meeting with Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, discussions covered regional developments and means to increase cooperation between Arab and South American nations as well as enhancing Jordanian-Peruvian ties.

The Peruvian president voiced his country’s readiness to offer scholarships for Jordanian students in the fields of agriculture and vocational education.

His Majesty also met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and discussed regional and international issues.

They voiced mutual interest in enhancing relations between Jordan and the European Union. 

King Abdullah renewed his appreciation of the EU’s support to Jordan to deal with the repercussions of the region’s crises, particularly the Syrian refugee influx.

His Majesty urged the international community to increase aid to help Jordan meet the demands of the services offered to Syrians.

Turning to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the King highlighted the importance of reviving peace negotiations to establish an independent Palestinian state.

In addition, talks covered facilitating commercial exchange between Jordan and EU countries.

The King also discussed bilateral ties with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, especially in the economic, commercial, energy and transportation sectors.

They discussed military cooperation and French support to Jordan in hosting Syrian refugees.

Moreover, talks covered France’s economic support to the Kingdom, especially in light of the partnership agreement between Jordan and the EU as well as activating the Agadir Free Trade agreement in order to increase chances for Jordanian goods to be exported to European markets.

The meeting also covered developments in the Syrian crisis and ways to combat terrorism.

Valls voiced France’s appreciation of Jordan’s role in ensuring security and stability in the region.

The Monarch also met with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and discussed bilateral relations and ways to combat terrorism.

In another meeting, His Majesty and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed regional and international developments.


Talks covered the war on terror and Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, and the importance of reviving them.

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