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Jordan, Russia set to increase cooperation
Amman, 6 November 2013

His Majesty King Abdullah and a visiting Russian minister on Wednesday stressed their commitment to boosting cooperation between the two countries and maintain coordination on various regional issues of mutual concern.

At a meeting with Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fedorov and the accompanying delegation, King Abdullah highlighted cooperation prospects and means to develop them in various sectors, mainly agriculture, tourism, transport and energy as well as other fields.

The minister is co-chairing the joint Jordanian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission’s meetings in Amman.

His Majesty, who was briefed by Planning Minister Ibrahim Saif and Fedorov on the areas that the joint committee is looking into, called for building on the results of the committee’s meetings and boosting commercial ties and investment cooperation.

Fedorov asserted his country’s commitment to strengthening relations with the Kingdom and maintaining coordination on all issues of mutual concern, stressing Russia’s willingness to support the Kingdom in the fields of energy, transport, agriculture, tourism and capacity building.

Commending the Kingdom’s track record, the Russian official expressed appreciation of Jordan’s progress in various areas and lauded the Kingdom’s position on different regional issues as well as the King’s efforts to foster peace and stability.

During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Kingdom last year, Jordan and Russia signed an agreement to establish a joint Jordanian-Russian committee to activate bilateral cooperation. The two countries are also bound by several agreements on economic cooperation.

Jordanian officials held negotiations with the Russian delegation at the Planning and International Cooperation Ministry, and agreed to form a joint business committee to boost commercial and investment cooperation between the two countries.

Saif said following the meeting that Jordan and Russia had signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of nuclear technology, adding that a Jordanian official delegation would visit Moscow early next year to follow up on the agreements reached on Wednesday.

The Russian minister indicated that the two sides also agreed to increase the inflow of Russian tourists seeking religious and medical tourism.