King Abdullah departs after two-day official visit


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday bid farewell to Jordanian King Abdullah who departed after completion of a two-day official visit.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi saw off the visiting dignitary at Noor Khan airbase. Before departing, the king of Jordan inspected Pakistan Air Force’s JF-17 Thunder aircraft performing a spectacular flypast over the airbase.

Earlier, King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Prime Minister’s House on Thursday.

The two parties held delegation-level talks during which they reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchanged views on ways to further expand these relations in a variety of fields. They agreed to bring a greater focus on enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations to make the bilateral trade, currently at USD 75 million, commensurate with the political ties existing between Pakistan and Jordan.

The two leaders also reviewed the regional situation, with a particular focus on the Middle East in the aftermath of recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by Washington. The PM expressed Pakistan’s unequivocal support for the cause of Palestine and reiterated Pakistan’s rejection of the decision.

Abbasi also briefed the visiting dignitary on the current situation along the LoC, Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and its commitment towards regional peace and stability.