King meets NATO secretary general


Published: 2020-01-15 09:52

Last Updated: 2020-01-15 10:01

King meets NATO secretary general
King meets NATO secretary general

His Majesty King Abdullah met on Tuesday, January 14, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and discussed military and training cooperation between Jordan and NATO, in addition to the latest regional and international developments.

Moreover, it was agreed to renew the Jordan–NATO cooperation agreement, in addition to the capacity building program package, and the advanced status partnership program.

In remarks at the top of the meeting, King Abdullah noted the deep-rooted, historic friendship between Jordan and NATO, stressing that cooperation and coordination increase every year.

His Majesty expressed appreciation for NATO’s support for Jordan in military training and capacity building, noting that despite challenges in the region, Jordan and NATO have stood shoulder to shoulder on various occasions, and will continue to do so.

For his part, Stoltenberg expressed appreciation for the close partnership between Jordan and NATO, commending the King’s “strong commitment and your strong leadership”.

“Jordan and NATO, we have been working together for more than 25 years, and we appreciate your contributions to our missions, operations in Afghanistan and Bosnia, and elsewhere, and also the fact that we are now training now together, working more together. That’s good for NATO, and, hopefully also good for Jordan,” he added.

With “all the turmoil we see in the region, you are an island of stability in that region, and you have been at the forefront fighting terrorism,” the secretary-general continued.

“We think that the partnership between Jordan and NATO is even more important now, because the fight against Daesh is not over, and, therefore, we have to stand together,” he added.

The importance of continued coordination and consultation between Jordan and NATO on various issues of mutual concern was stressed in the meeting.

Discussions also covered regional and international efforts in the fight against terrorism within a holistic approach, and the importance of the Aqaba Process meetings in this regard.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, His Majesty's Adviser for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh, and Jordan’s Ambassador in Brussels Yousef Bataineh attended the meeting.