AMMAN — Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Monday conveyed a message from His Majesty King Abdullah’s to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, concerning bilateral relations and the regional developments.
Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse reported that Arab Gulf states are mulling ways to help Jordan shore up its fuel supplies, quoting UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday.
“We, in the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] states, are studying means of ending or minimising this deficit” in affordable fuel, Sheikh Abdullah told a joint news conference with Judeh.
But this requires talks with Jordanian and GCC officials on “technical” issues “which could take some time”, the Emirati minister said, according to AFP.
“There are some ideas but it’s still too early to discuss them before a clear agreement is reached,” he said.
Judeh said that “UAE officials are very understanding towards the critical situation we are going through”.
Chairing the Jordanian delegation for the first session of the Jordanian-UAE ministerial committee held in Abu Dhabi, Judeh was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Planning Minister Jafar Hassan and Finance Minister Suleiman Hafez attended the meetings, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
In the message, the King thanked the UAE for its supportive stance and reiterated the importance of pushing forward the mutual “brotherly” relations between the two countries.
Sheikh Mansour reaffirmed that the UAE president has already given directives to bolster bilateral relations in all domains.
Speaking at the meeting, Judeh expressed the Kingdom’s appreciation of the UAE’s constant support.
The committee discussed economic, commercial, investment and financial cooperation, and means to increase UAE investments in the Kingdom to build on the existing “success story”.
UAE investments in Jordan are currently valued at $10 billion, including Marsa Zayed Project in Aqaba, a mega tourist and luxury development in the town.
The committee concluded its meetings with signing a memorandum of understanding and a number of agreements, chiefly a memo on political cooperation between the two countries’ foreign ministries, and the cultural cooperation programme for the period 2013-2015.
Judeh also met with a number of Jordanian expatriates in the UAE, and conveyed to them a message of appreciation from the King.
Judeh reiterated that the Kingdom is walking steadily on the path to political and economic reform.