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King meets Russia’s top lawmaker, says ties with Moscow ‘deep’

By JT - Oct 06,2015 - Last updated at Oct 06,2015

His Majesty King Abdullah meets with Chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko in Amman on Monday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday met with Chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and stressed the depth of Jordanian-Russian relations, according to a Royal Court statement.

The meeting at Al Husseiniya Palace covered bilateral economic relations and the level of commercial exchange, in addition to enhancing cooperation between legislative institutions.

The two sides stressed the importance of the Jordanian-Russian Higher Joint Committee’s meeting that will take place this month, when officials from both sides will discuss several vital projects, particularly in the fields of energy and transportation.

The meeting also covered efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, where His Majesty stressed the importance of supporting regional and international efforts to neutralise the dangers threatening global security and stability. 

For her part, the Russian official said Jordan is "an oasis" of security and stability in the region, stressing that Russia has exerted efforts to arrive at a political solution in Syria and the importance of international cooperation against Daesh.

The meeting was attended by Senate President Abdur-Ra’uf S. Rawabdeh, King’s Office Director Jafar Hassan, the delegates accompanying Matviyenko and Russian Ambassador to Jordan Boris Bolotin.

Rawabdeh met separately with Matviyenko on Monday and they signed a parliamentary cooperation agreement. 

The deal stipulates further parliamentary cooperation through exchanging visits and encouraging communication, in addition to coordination among international parliamentary institutions, Rawabdeh said.

Matviyenko invited Rawabdeh to visit Russia, heading a Senate delegation. 


At his meeting with the Russian lawmaker, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh said Jordan was able to build a reform model, overcoming challenges and turning them into opportunities despite the turbulent political and security situations in the region and the tough economic conditions.

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