Al Ain: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan received King Abdullah II of Jordan, who arrived on Sunday on a two-day fraternal visit to the UAE along with his delegation.
Among those who welcomed King Jordan were General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and other Shaikhs and senior officials.
Shaikh Khalifa then accompanied King Abdullah to the Al Rawda Palace where he was greeted by a number of Shaikhs and ministers.
Later, Shaikh Khalifa held a meeting with King Abdullah at the Al Rawda Palace that was also attended by Shaikh Mohammad.
Shaikh Khalifa welcomed King Abdullah and expressed his appreciation of the historical relationship binding the two countries.
He also expressed the UAE’s keenness to enhance relations with Jordan in all fields.
Shaikh Khalifa added that the UAE looks forward to continuing cooperation and partnership with Jordan especially in the economic and development areas to widen horizons to the benefit of the two countries and their people.
Shaikh Khalifa and King Abdullah underlined during the talks the importance of energising cooperation between Arab countries to serve their strategic interests and of continuous coordination and consultation to promote joint action and advance the interests of their peoples and their just causes.
The two leaders exchanged views on the latest regional and international events, current developments in the Middle East as well as efforts being made by the international community to attain a comprehensive, just peace that meets the rights of Palestinian people in line with the international legitimacy and as the sole way to preserve security and stability in the region.
For his part, King Abdullah expressed his delight at visiting the UAE and meeting Shaikh Khalifa. He also commended the UAE’s views on regional issues, under the sound policy of Shaikh Khalifa.
King Abdullah also praised as “honourable’’ the UAE’s humanitarian and relief assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan. He noted the valuable medical and curative services the Emirates Mobile Hospital is providing to the Zaatari refugee camp. In this context, the Jordanian leader also expressed his appreciation for the UAE’s pledge of $300 million (Dh1.1 billion) in financial aid to Syrian refugees during the international donor conference for Syria held recently in Kuwait.
Later, Shaikh Khalifa hosted a lunch banquet in honour of his royal guest and his accompanying delegation, which was attended by a number of Shaikhs and senior officials.