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JBA hails King’s efforts to strengthen political, economic ties with US

By JT - Jul 18,2021 - Last updated at Jul 18,2021

AMMAN — President of the Jordan Businessmen Association (JBA) Hamdi Tabbaa on Sunday praised His Majesty King Abdullah's efforts to strengthen Jordan-US relations in political and economic fields.

In a statement cited by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, he stressed the importance of harnessing "the expected positive outcomes” of the King's visit to Washington by creating opportunities that would contribute to the development of Jordan's business environment and the strengthening of the export sector.

The Royal visit, which comes amid the current conditions due to the pandemic-induced economic repercussions, reflects “the strong and long-standing” Jordanian-US relations, and contributes to developing future prospects for bilateral ties at the regional and international levels, according to Tabbaa.

The King's visit to Washington is an opportunity to discuss and resolve all pending issues, and to present his political and economic visions to serve Jordan's interests, especially since His Majesty is the first Arab leader to meet US President Joe Biden, he pointed out.

He noted that the Jordanian business community is looking forward "with optimism" to the visit's outcomes and its agenda to reach a "new stage” of bilateral relations to serve joint interests.

Jordan plays an important role in the region, as the Kingdom has always had great "historic" positions towards major Arab issues aimed to achieve regional stability, the JBA president added.

Tabbaa also said that the strategic relations between the two countries have witnessed development over the past years, adding that the King's visit contributes to opening "wider aspects” for joint trade and investment cooperation, which would help the Jordanian economy grow and recover.

The US is an important trading partner for Jordan, especially since the two countries signed the Free Trade Agreement in 2000, which entered into force in 2001, he noted. 

The agreement formed the basis for the bilateral partnership, which would enhance the competitiveness of Jordanian exports and facilitate their entry into the American market, according to Tabbaa.

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