Image: Twitter/Sheikh Mohamed
The UAE’s President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in Jordan on Wednesday for an official visit. He was received by Jordanian King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah at Marka International Airport in Amman, state news agency WAM reported.
The welcoming delegation included Prime Minister Dr Bishr Al Khasawneh, Ayman Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other senior officials.
The UAE delegation included Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi; and Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.
UAE – Jordan ties
Sheikh Mohamed’s trip is intended to bolster long-standing ties between the nations.
An official reception was held for Sheikh Mohamed, including a guard of honour and renditions of the national anthems of the UAE and Jordan. The leaders discussed several regional and international developments in a meeting held at Basman Palace in Amman, reported WAM.
The UAE President wrote on social media, “Today I had the pleasure of meeting King Abdullah II of Jordan to explore ways to build upon the strong and historic ties between our two nations and our people.”
He added, “The UAE and Jordan will continue working together in pursuit of sustainable economic growth and regional stability.”
Today I had the pleasure of meeting @KingAbdullahII of Jordan to explore ways to build upon the strong and historic ties between our two nations and our people. The UAE and Jordan will continue working together in pursuit of sustainable economic growth and regional stability. pic.twitter.com/roI4bX5GOR
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) August 2, 2023
King Abdullah welcomed Sheikh Mohamed’s visit. He posted a photograph of the two leaders greeting each other. “My dear brother Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has honoured us by visiting Jordan, his second country,” King Abdullah wrote.
“The love and brotherhood that combines the two countries and dear people is a model of genuine Arab ties, and forms a banner to deepen joint Arab work.”
شرفنا أخي العزيز الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان @MohamedBinZayed بزيارة إلى بلده الثاني الأردن. ما يجمع البلدين الشقيقين والشعبين العزيزين من محبة وأخوة يجعلهما نموذجا للعلاقات العربية الأصيلة وعنوانا لتعزيز العمل العربي المشترك، فهو الهدف والغاية pic.twitter.com/kU8xktGAaI
— عبدالله بن الحسين (@KingAbdullahII) August 2, 2023
Sheikh Mohamed’s visit coincided with the inauguration of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Residential City in Zarqa, Jordan. The city comprises 1,032 apartments dedicated to officers, non-commissioned officers and members of the Jordanian Armed Forces, reported WAM.
It was built with the support of a grant from the UAE.
UAE President in Bahrain
The UAE President’s visit to Jordan follows his visit to neighbouring country Bahrain. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain received President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed at his residence on Monday. King Hamad expressed his sincere condolences to the UAE President and the entire Al Nahyan family on the passing of Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and King Hamad discussed the close, historic ties between the UAE and Bahrain. They affirmed the special nature of these relations and their commitment to strengthen them further and hoped that their countries would continue to prosper.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Special Affairs Adviser at the Presidential Court.
Bahraini officials attending the meeting included Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs and National Security Adviser; Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of the Public Authority for Sports and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee; and a number of Sheikhs, dignitaries and officials.