PR No. 219 Islamabad: April 25, 2017.

President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized to transform friendly traditional relations between Pakistan and Jordan into strong economic partnership to the mutual benefit of two countries. The President stated that Pakistan and Jordan enjoy close brotherly relations embedded in shared history, beliefs and culture.

The President said this while talking to Mr. Faisal Akef El-Fayez, President of the Senate of Jordan who along-with a delegation called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday. Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and ambassador of Jordan Nawaf Khalifeh Saraireh were also present on the occasion.

The President stated that Pakistan accords great importance to its relations with Jordan and welcomed the cooperation that both countries extend to each other at regional and international fora. He said that Pakistan offers profitable opportunities for investment in its various sectors and called upon Jordanian entrepreneurs to benefit from it. He apprised that private sector of Pakistan is keen to invest in Jordan adding that the latter can benefit from Pakistan’s expertise in developing its textile sector. The President stressed upon utilizing the platform of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to forge unity among Muslim Ummah and to address challenge being confronted by it.

President Mamnoon Hussain appreciated that the government and people of Jordan have always stood by Pakistan in its difficult hour. The President lauded the Jordanian government on providing shelter to hapless refugees of Syria. The President expressed gratitude that Jordan has assured of its support to Pakistan for memberships of Human Rights Council of United Nations, Board of Governors of International Energy Agency, International Telecommunication Unit and Economic and Social Council.

The President apprised that each year under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme, Pakistan allocates 31 seats for Jordanian students in different educational institutions in the fields of pharmacy, dentistry and engineering. He hoped that these students will play a role of bridge to bring the two countries further closer. The President said that there should be regular exchange of cultural, educational and trade delegations between the two countries to enhance people-to-people contacts. The President called for exploring avenues of cooperation to further enhance defense ties between the two countries and also appreciated the government of Jordan for providing F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan in 2015.

President of the Senate of Jordan, Faisal Akef El-Fayez said that Jordan and Pakistan have strong bilateral relations and his country is keen to further expand cooperation in various fields. He stated that Jordan wants to benefit from Pakistan’s expertise in various sectors. He lauded the role and sacrifices of Pakistan in fight against terrorism and extremism and both countries share mutual perception in rooting out this menace.

The President expressed his best wishes for His Majesty King Abdullah and also extended an invitation to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.