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Royal Hashemite Court (Jordan)
King receives Kuwaiti MPs, stresses Jordan-Kuwait strategic partnership
Amman, 1 October 2013
His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday discussed bilateral ties and regional developments with Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al Ghanim and an accompanying delegation.
Ghanim and the delegates conveyed the greetings of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah to King Abdullah.
The Kuwaiti lawmakers, who concluded a three-day visit to the Kingdom later on Tuesday, emphasised that Jordan is an example of a state shouldering responsibilities beyond its capabilities, saying that their visit was meant to deliver a message of support to the Kingdom.
His Majesty highlighted the deeply rooted and strategic Jordanian-Kuwaiti relations in all fields, expressing keenness to further enhance them to serve the common interests of the two countries.
He noted that Jordanian-Kuwaiti relations are a model of sound joint Arab action.
During the meeting, which was attended by Lower House Speaker Saad Hayel Srour, the King expressed gratitude for Kuwait’s support to Jordan, especially its economic assistance, which “contributes immensely to implementing the Kingdom’s comprehensive and sustainable development process.”
His Majesty highlighted the importance of Kuwaiti investments, which are among the largest Arab and foreign investments in Jordan.
The volume of Kuwaiti investments in Jordan currently stands at around $8 billion, Ghanim noted.
His Majesty congratulated Ghanim and the accompanying delegation upon the success of Kuwait’s recent parliamentary elections, stressing the importance of enhancing Jordanian-Kuwaiti parliamentary cooperation.
Discussions covered the latest regional developments, mainly in Syria. The King reiterated Jordan’s call for a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian crisis that safeguards Syria’s territorial integrity and ends the suffering of the Syrian people.
His Majety highlighted the Jordan’s efforts to cope with the huge influx of Syrian refugees, thanking Kuwait for its assistance to Syrian refugees in the Kingdom.
Peace efforts aiming at establishing an independent Palestinian state on the basis of the two-state solution were also discussed during the meeting.
The King warned of obstacles to the peace process caused by Israel’s unilateral measures, settlement policies and attempts to Judaise Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem.
For his part, Ghanim expressed Kuwait’s keenness on enhancing its cooperation with Jordan, saying that Jordan was chosen to be their first destination in this first visit abroad due to the distinguished ties between the two countries.
They also lauded Jordan’s efforts to defend Arab and Islamic causes and achieve peace, security and prosperity in the region.
Ghanim said His Majesty’s speech to the 68th UN General Assembly session last week reflected all of the Arab nation’s ambitions, listing guidelines to address current challenges.
He also stressed that Jordan is a strategic partner to Kuwait and all of the Arab Gulf, urging all Arab countries to help and support the Kingdom in handling its “tremendous responsibilities”. The speaker said the visit added to the efforts to enhance Jordanian-Kuwaiti parliamentary relations.