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Jordan’s King Abdullah II receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who is on a three-day visit to India, received ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

He was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein arrived here on Tuesday evening on a three-day visit which is aimed at taking bilateral relations to a “new high”. He was accorded a grand welcome on arrival with PM Modi receiving him at the airport, in a special gesture.

The Jordanian King’s visit here comes nearly three weeks after Modi travelled to Jordan as part of his trip to West Asia, including Palestine.

“Welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah II to Delhi. It’ s wonderful to meet him again, after my brief halt at Amman earlier this month. His visit to India will further deepen bilateral ties between our nations. I look forward to our talks on Thursday,” Modi tweeted.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday called on the King and discussed with him ways to enhance bilateral ties in a range of sectors.

Yesterday, the Union Cabinet gave its nod to sign a host of pacts with Jordan, including cooperation in the field of health, manpower, customs and mining.

It approved signing an MoU with Jordan on cooperation and mutual administrative assistance in customs matters. This will help in availability of relevant information for prevention and investigation of offences related to customs violation.

“The agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries,” an official statement said.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by PM Modi, also gave its approval for a pact for cooperation between India and Jordan in the field of manpower.

The King yesterday said he was truly delighted with the warm welcome that he has received in India, and hoped that the visit will herald a new start to the historic chapter of relationship between the two countries.

Hussein said he sees a lot of opportunities for Jordanian companies to come to the country and work with their counterparts here.

King Abdullah II, who is a 41st generation direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad and is known for his global initiative to fight radicalisation, will deliver a lecture on Islamic heritage and promoting understanding and moderation at a conference today.

PM Modi, diplomats, representatives from a wide range of Islamic institutions, academicians and think-tanks will attend the event to be held at Vigyan Bhavan, officials said.

India has around 17 crore Muslims which is around 15% of the country’s total population. The Muslim population in India is one of the largest globally.

The event will also witness the release of the Urdu translation of a book titled ‘A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam’ authored by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, a cousin of the King.

Prince Ghazi, a well-known scholar, is also the Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs in Jordan.

(With PTI inputs)

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