Friday,24 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1426, (17 - 23 January 2019)
Friday,24 May, 2019
Issue 1426, (17 - 23 January 2019)

Ahram Weekly

Touching base with Jordan

THIS WEEK President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi was in Jordan for a one-day visit to discuss common regional issues with King Abdullah II, writes Reem Leila


Touching base with Jordan
Touching base with Jordan

President Al-Sisi and King Abdullah II discussed ways to foster closer economic cooperation, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy.

The two leaders reviewed regional and international developments and exchanged views on the Palestinian issue and prospects for the peace process. They confirmed their commitment to pushing for the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, based on a two-state solution and the Arab peace initiative.

Abdullah and Al-Sisi also discussed joint counter-terrorism efforts. They agreed international efforts aimed at combating terrorism must be boosted within a comprehensive strategy in order to eliminate the threat terrorism poses to the international community.

Hassan Abu Taleb, a political analyst at Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, said it was significant the two leaders’ meeting followed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tour of the region seeking to build a front against Iran.

Al-Sisi and Abdullah reviewed efforts to reach settlements to the conflicts afflicting the region, most notably in Syria, Libya and Yemen. They underscored the importance of reaching political settlements to regional crises that maintain the unity and territorial integrity of states, building on efforts to halt violence and improve humanitarian conditions.

According to Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi, Al-Sisi and King Abdullah II called for efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis to be intensified, and agreed to continue “coordination to serve Arab interests and fulfill security and stability in the region”.

In recent weeks relations between several Arab countries and Syria, which was suspended from the Arab League in 2011, have improved.

“Egypt and Jordan are preparing for what comes next in Syria,” says Sayed Ghanem, professor of political science at Cairo University.

During the visit Petroleum Minister Tarek Al-Molla and his Jordanian counterpart Hala Zawati amended earlier natural gas purchase and sale agreements and memoranda of understanding. Details of the changes were not disclosed. Egyptian exports of natural gas to Jordan cover around 10 per cent of Jordanian needs.

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