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September 29, 2022

H.E. Mr. Saker Malkawi, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Romania: Romania-Jordan: Excellent relations and mutual commitment to further strengthening and enhancing them

Let me begin by expressing my pleasure and honor to the Nine O’Clock news for giving me this opportunity to address its honorable readers.

This year we celebrate our 69th Independence anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Romania.

Many agreements signed during these years between the two governments facilitate cooperation in all fields:

–         Bilateral governmental agreements;

–         Inter-universities agreements;

–         Twinning agreements between major cities of both countries.

Last month only I witnessed many common events (such as the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Jordan and Romania on April 2nd, 2015, and the exchange of letters between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries), as well as the signing of three bilateral agreements:

–         Agreement between Al-Isra University in Amman– Jordan and Spiru Haret University;

–         Action Plan signed between the two Ministers of Health on Friday, 21st of May 2015;

–         Memorandum-of-Understanding between the University of Jordan and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureș.

On educational and social level we can be proud of the fruitful achievements, with a large number of bilateral university agreements aiming at facilitating exchanges, more than 12000 Jordanians graduating from Romanian Universities and more than 2000 families half Jordanian half Romanian.

Since May 25th, 1946, Jordan has never stopped striving for development. Today there are 10 state universities and more than 18 private ones, many of them specialized in technology and applied sciences, enabling Jordan to be the host of the best education system and training in the region. This is enhanced by all the bilateral and multilateral ties Jordan possesses with the world’s most renowned universities.

The trade volume reached last year the amount of 350 millions of dollars, largely in favor of Romania.

Jordan also exports vegetables, fruits, processed food, fertilizers and some equipment.

It imports from Romania: meat and livestock, wheat and some other agricultural products, i.e. nuts.

Jordan’s healthcare and pharmaceutical industry has witnessed striking prosperity over the last several years. The World Bank Report ranked Jordan as the top medical tourism destination in the MENA region and fifth in the world.

Jordan celebrates today its 69th Independence Day, which coincides with 16 years of progress in all fields, under the rule of His Majesty King Abdullah II who carries on the vision of his predecessors of The Hashemite Family.

Jordan holds a role model position in the Middle East for progress, prosperity and stability, and it is greatly due to the past 16 years of His Majesty King Abdullah II rule. His Majesty led Jordan to overcome its heavy external and internal challenges, with unprecedented economic reforms, matched by complementing political reforms, adopting a progressive and forward-thinking mindset.

Jordan has survived many regional wars and tensions and plays an essential role as peace moderator in the Middle East Peace Road. King Abdullah is the most outspoken statesman on reaching peace in the area, which he views as both a basic right and need for all its citizens to live with dignity and prosperity. With the Palestinian cause topping our foreign policy priorities, Jordan’s strong relationship with the international community helped advocating for active global engagement and bringing the parties together for a resolution.

All these represent the evidence of the excellent relations that Jordan and Romania enjoy, and the mutual commitment to further strengthening and enhancing them.





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