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India and Jordan renew support for Palestine, ink 12 pacts to boost ties

Modi and King Abdullah welcomed the signing of the MoU on defence cooperation folloiwng Thursday's meeting.

IANS  |  New Delhi 

King Abdullah II
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and on Thursday renewed their support to the Palestinian cause as the two sides signed 12 agreements, including one on defence cooperation, following a bilateral meeting between and of Abdullah II Ibn

"Both leaders renewed their support and commitment to the Palestinian cause," T.S. Tirumurti, (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a following the meeting.

"His Majesty was appreciative of our undertaking a standalone visit to Palestine through Amman," Tirumurti said.

Last month, facilitated Modi's transit to Palestine in what was the first ever Indian prime ministerial visit to the West Asian nation. The visit effectively de-linked from Palestine.

Also, in December last year, voted with the rest of the world in the Donald Trump's unilateral announcement recognising as the capital of

According to Tirumurti, Abdullah also commended for the "very significant" role it was playing in

The also said that economic relations also remain an important focus of the Jordanian King's visit.

"Both leaders agreed to explore possibilities of cooperating in assisting Africa," he said. "mentioned about India's developmental assistance to the tune of $10 billion in lines of credit."

On Wednesday, Abdullah met a select group of Indian CEOs and attended the India-Business Forum.

Tirumurti said both Modi and Abdullah welcomed the signing of the MoU on defence cooperation folloiwng Thursday's meeting.

"There is keenness on both sides to take this cooperation further and we are in the process of exploring avenues for enhancing our cooperation," he daid.

"We are also looking at closer security cooperation keeping in mind the tremendous experience which has in the region."

The MoU is aimed at promoting cooperation between and in the field of defence by defining the scope of such cooperation and making provisions for implementation of the cooperation in some of the recognised areas like training, defence industry, counter-terrorism, military studies, cyber security, military medical services and peacekeeping, according to the

The two sides also signed a MoU on cooperation in the field of health and medicine.

The objective of this MoU is to establish and encourage cooperation in the fields of health, medical science, medical education and research on the basis of equality and mutual benefits in accordance with the respective legislations and regulations of and

The various recognised areas of mutual cooperation include universal health coverage, services and IT in health, health research, national health statistics, diagnosis, treatment and medication of and regulation of and medical devices.

Another agreement was signed on manpower cooperation which provides for cooperation between and with a view to promote best practices in the administration of contract employment of the Indian nationals in

is home to more than 10,000 Indians, who are employed in the textile, construction health and as also in fertiliser companies universities, IT and financial companies,

A MoU was also signed for setting up a next generation centre of excellence (CoE) in for training of at least 3,000 Jordanian IT professionals over a period of five years, and setting up of a resource centre in for training master trainers in the IT field from

Other agreements signed include long-term supply of rock phosphate and fertilisers to India, mutual assistance between and to ensure proper application of the customs legislations in the two countries, cultural exchange programme between the two countries from 2018 to 2022 and setting up a in the University of

Earlier on Thursday, Abdullah delivered a special address on "Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation" organised by the here.

Stating that the global war against terror was not between religions but between moderates and extremists, he said the airwaves and the internet should be taken back from the voices of hatred.

"Today's global war against terror is not a fight between different religions or people. It is between moderates of all faiths and communities against extremism, hate and violence," the said while addressing the gathering here in the presence of

"What is heard in the and what is shown about religion is what separates people," he said. "We need to take back the airwaves and the internet from the voices of hatred."

Modi, who also spoke on the occasion, said that the campaign against terrorism and extremism was not aimed at any religion but against a mindset that was misleading the youth to harm innocent people.

"Those who commit crimes against humanity perhaps do not know that they are harming the very religion that they claim to stand for," he stated.

"The campaign against terrorism, extremism and radicalisation is not a campaign aimed at any particular faith. Rather, it is aimed against that mindset that is misleading our youth into torturing innocent people."

Abdullah arrived in on Tuesday on three-day state visit to This is his second state visit to after his visit with in 2006.

 

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First Published: Fri, March 02 2018. 07:08 IST
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