India and Jordan sign 12 agreements

New Delhi: India and Jordan 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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King of Jordan Abdallah II bin al Hussein.
“Both leaders renewed their support and commitment to the Palestinian cause,” T S Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said at a media briefing following the meeting.
“His Majesty was appreciative of our prime minister undertaking a standalone visit to Palestine through Amman,” Tirumurti said.
Last month, Jordan facilitated Modi’s transit to Palestine in what was the first ever Indian prime ministerial visit to the West Asian nation.
According to Tirumurti, King Abdallah also commended India for the “very significant” role it was playing in West Asia.
The secretary 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. “Prime minister mentioned about India’s developmental assistance to the tune of $10 billion in lines of credit.”
On Wednesday, King Abdallah met a select group of Indian CEOs and attended the India-Jordan Business Forum. Tirumurti said both Modi and King Abdallah welcomed the signing of the MoU on defence cooperation following Thursday’s meeting.
The MoU is aimed at promoting cooperation between India and Jordan 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 Ministry of External Affairs.
The two sides also signed a MoU on cooperation in the field of health and medicine.
Another agreement was signed on manpower cooperation which provides for cooperation between India and Jordan with a view to promoting best practices in the administration of contract employment of the Indian nationals in Jordan.
An MoU was also signed for setting up a next generation centre of excellence (CoE) in Jordan for training of at least 3,000 Jordanian IT professionals over a period of five years, and setting up of a resource centre in India for training master trainers in the IT field from Jordan.
Earlier on Thursday, King Abdallah delivered a special address on “Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation” organised by the India Islamic Cultural Centre 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 king said while addressing the gathering here in the presence Modi.
“What is heard in the news 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.”
 — IANS