King Abdullah II’s visit will mark a new stage in Oman-Jordan relations

Muscat: Relations between the Sultanate of Oman and Jordan are significant because of their deep-rooted historical ties. These relations are meant to achieve more strategic goals under the able leadership of the two countries – His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The high-level talks to be held during the Jordanian monarch’s official visit to Oman, starting on Tuesday this week, have set a new milestone for bilateral cooperation and coordination on issues of common concern. The talks aim to serve the interests of the peoples of both countries.

Since the diplomatic exchange in 1972, the positions of the two countries have been identical in the treatment of regional and international issues. They endorsed dialogue as an effective means of ensuring international peace and security.

The two countries recently held a discussion session in Amman where they affirmed their determination to strengthen bilateral cooperation, as well as ways to strengthen joint Arab action and meet challenges. The visits exchanged by the two parties have also contributed to raising the level of relations in various fields, including the military aspect.

On the economic side, statistics released by the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) indicate that the volume of trade between Oman and Jordan increased by 33.8% in 2021 to reach OMR 61.8 million. , compared to OMR 46.2 million in 2020.

Statistics showed that Omani imports from Jordan in 2021 amounted to OMR 35.4 million, compared to OMR 24.6 million in 2020, an increase of 43.8%. In the first six months of 2022, Oman’s total imports from Jordan amounted to OMR 6.7 million.

The volume of Omani exports to Jordan in 2021 increased by 22.4% to OMR 26.4 million from OMR 21.6 million in 2020. In the first six months of 2022, total Omani exports to Jordan Jordan in the first six months of 2022 stood at OMR 15.5 million.

Statistics showed that the volume of Jordanian investments in Oman at the end of 2021 stood at OMR 230.4 million.

Cultural cooperation between Oman and Jordan has covered a series of activities, including the signing of the cultural and educational agreement in 1976 and the signing of executive programs in the same fields between the two governments for the years 2002-2004.

The two sides also signed a number of agreements with civil society institutions, the latest of which was a memorandum of understanding between the Arab Thought Forum and the Omani Cultural Club.

The two countries also established the Omani Studies Unit at Al al-Bayt University in Jordan in 1998, following a generous grant from His Majesty the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

Cultural cooperation between Oman and Jordan also takes the form of intellectual and literary forums between Omani and Jordanian writers. This is in addition to the joint activities of the two countries during the book fairs in Muscat and Amman.

No less than 3,500 Omani students pursue their higher education in Jordan.

The visit of King Abdullah II of Jordan to Oman will deepen fraternal ties and strengthen trade exchanges and cooperation in the fields of tourism, academic and cultural specializations.

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