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Constructive visit

Feb 24,2015 - Last updated at Feb 24,2015

The visit of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah to Jordan for talks with His Majesty King Abdullah is testimony to the warm brotherly relations tying the two countries.

Jordan and Kuwait have common views on many Arab, regional and international issues; they are, in the words of the minister of state for media affairs and communications, “a model of sound pan-Arab relations, built on cooperation, coordination and consultation in all fields”.

The visit, which focused on strengthening ties in the political, economic and military fields, highlighted the “significant strides made to improve” bilateral ties with a view to serving “mutual strategic goals and interests”.

A more pressing objective for the two nations, as for many others in the region, is intensification of cooperation and coordination among various Arab countries to deal with challenges facing them, especially the dangers of extremism and terrorism.

To that end, the two leaders stressed the need to unify Arab and Islamic efforts to fight these two evils, an endeavour that has to be joined by religious institutions, which play a significant role in spreading Islam’s values of enlightenment, tolerance and moderation.

As an expression of gratitude for Kuwait’s continued exemplary support to Jordan, the liquefied gas terminal in Aqaba is to be named after the Kuwaiti emir.

The efforts to continue the excellent relations between Kuwait and Jordan could not come at a more opportune time.

With the entire area engulfed in armed conflicts and tension, like-minded Arab states need to stand shoulder to shoulder to face challenges and dangers.

Jordanian-Kuwaiti relations date back for decades. Building on and strengthening existing ties comes easy.

The result is better regional security and stability, to the benefit of all.

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