Prime Minister Narendra Modi met King Abdullah II of Jordan on Tuesday and the two leaders discussed ways of working closely together to strengthen the bilateral ties in different sectors, specially in trade and investment.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the high-profile three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), a key financial forum dubbed as ‘Davos in the Desert’.
“Both leaders exchanged views on working closely together to strengthen our ties across sectors, specially in trade & investment, human resource development & people-to-people ties,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
This is the second meeting between the two leaders in less than a month. Both Prime Minister Modi and the Jordanian King met last month on the sidelines of the United Nation General Assembly session in New York.
The two leaders will speak at the financial forum, which will also host financiers, governments, and industry leaders who would discuss global trade and explore the trends, opportunities and challenges shaping the global investment landscape over the coming decades.
Jordan is home to more than 10,000 Indians, who are employed in different sectors such as textile, construction and manufacturing, fertilizer companies, health sector, universities, IT, financial companies and multilateral organisation.
India has long-standing ties with Jordan and the Modi government has shown a marked preference for strengthening the relationship with the country.
Modi had met King Abdullah for the first time on the sidelines of the UNGA in September 2015. This was followed by a visit by the then president Pranab Mukherjee to Jordan in October 2015, the first by an Indian head of state to the Middle East nation.
India has been donating money for humanitarian assistance to the country.
With PTI Inputs