Published: 2018-06-21 11:00
Last Updated: 2018-06-21 13:08
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who arrived yesterday in Jordan have met with Jordanian students at the German Jordanian University (GJU) this morning as part of her official visit to the Kingdom.
Following the welcoming speech of GJU President, Prof. Manar Fayyad, Merkel answered direct questions asked by the students and shared several advices as well.
Merkel stressed on the impact of youth and their ability to make a positive change; "Jordanian youth beside your studies to think how you can develop Jordan in the future and solve serious challenges such as water shortage and waste management especially after your exposure during your studies at GJU and in Germany," she added.
As for the bilateral ties of Jordan and Germany, Merkel emphasized that "Germany would be pleased to help Jordan and develop solutions to solve the transportation system in Jordan."
Merkel elaborated regarding GJU's importance in the Kingdom "GJU was established to help Jordan having professionals in the labor market that will help Jordan in it's stability and give motivation for German companies to invest in Jordan."
Also, the Syrian conflict, the educational system, the empowerment of women and the refugee-migration concern of the west, were among touched topics.
One of the students asked whether Germany will keep its arms open to new refugees, and Merkel answered "of course”, but added that the process have to be more “organized and controlled.”
Merkel chose to meet with the students who study at GJU as her first official task in Jordan, since the Univeristy is mainly funded by Germany. There are currently about 4,300 students enrolled who would spend a mandatory year in Germany during their five-year study.
#Merkel asked by students in #Jordan whether they ‚need to be afraid‘ of #Germany‘s far right anti Migration @AfD party. Chancellor says „ on the whole no need to be afraid“ - „need to work on people being seen first and foremost as individuals“. pic.twitter.com/nGkzlTjlMb— Michaela Kuefner (@MKuefner) June 21, 2018