Jordan vital partner of Pakistan to achieve peace, security in Middle East: Rabbani

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AMMAN: Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Tuesday held talks with King Abdullah of Jordan on bilateral ties and the latest regional developments, reported The Jordan Times

Rabbani said that Pakistan deems Jordan as a vital partner to achieve peace and security in the Middle East and hailed King Abdullah’s relentless efforts in reaching regional peace and stability.

He also said that the Palestinian issue and Jerusalem are important, and any procedures to alter the status quo in this holy city will undermine peace efforts and will have negative repercussions on the region and the entire world.

King Abdullah, during the meeting attended by Senate President of Jordan Faisal Fayez, voiced Amman’s keenness to further boost cooperation ties with Islamabad in various fields, mainly at the economic, defence, parliamentary and legislative levels, according to a Royal Court statement.

Discussions also addressed the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian issue, Jerusalem and current efforts aimed at finding political solutions to ongoing crises in the neighbourhood, as well as regional and international endeavours in fighting terrorism within a holistic strategy.

A Pakistani delegation accompanying Rabbani attended the meeting, which was attended by the Royal Court chief Fayez Tarawneh and member of the Jordanian-Pakistani Brotherhood Committee at the Upper Chamber Senator Ghazi Tayyeb.

Also on Tuesday, Rabbani discussed bilateral ties and the latest developments in the Middle East with the Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki.

Mulki voiced the Jordanian government’s keenness on expanding cooperation between the two countries, especially in economic and trade fields, highlighting the importance of holding meetings of the joint Jordanian-Pakistani higher committee to further develop cooperation between the two countries, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

On regional issues, Mulki said the Palestinian issue is a top priority of Jordan’s policy. 

Rabbani said that Pakistan appreciates King Abdullah’s efforts in promoting regional peace and stability, noting that the kingdom has always been a pillar of stability in the Middle East.

The Pakistani lawmaker also said that his country looks at any decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem as a violation of international legitimacy resolutions that would have negative repercussions on the Arab and Muslim nation.

He expressed hope that his meetings with Jordanian officials would bolster Jordanian-Pakistani ties.

The meeting also went over means to bolster joint cooperation, the Mideast developments and activate mutual agreements, according to Petra.

Rabbani highlighted Islamabad’s “longstanding” ties with the kingdom, based on mutual respect to serving joint interests.

He said his country sees eye-to-eye with Jordan on Mideast peace process and the need to empower the Palestinians to establish their sovereign state.