Jordan, China stress need to improve ties

AMMAN, 25th May, 2016 (WAM) — Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, has met with Wang Yong, China State Councilor, and his accompanying delegation, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, has reported.

The parties discussed bilateral relations and developments in the Middle East.

During the meeting, which was attended by several ministers, Ensour stressed the distinguished relations between Jordan and China and the need to enhance them in all fields, Petra’s report said.

He noted that Jordan can be a starting point for China’s industrial and trade activities in the region, citing the stability and security that Jordan enjoys, its good relations with neighbours and its investor-friendly regulations and laws.

The premier also commended China’s stances on regional issues, calling them “balanced” and not distant from those of the Kingdom, especially when it comes to the Palestinian and Syrian issues.

Hosting Syrian refugees poses the primary challenge resulting from the crisis, Ensour told the visiting delegates, noting that the cost stands at around JOD3 billion a year, mainly shouldered by the Treasury because of scarcity of international aid.

Wang asserted that Jordanian-Chinese relations have noticeably developed during the past few years, underlying the significance of His Majesty the King’s successful visit to China last September in which he signed a joint statement with the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to create a road map for strategic relations.