King Abdullah II of Jordan has canceled a visit to Romania in protest following the statements made by Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila about the move of Romania’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, AFP cites the Royal Palace as saying.
“King Abdullah II decided to cancel his visit to Romania which was due to begin on Monday in solidarity with Al-Quds (the Arabic name for the city of Jerusalem – ed. note),” the Royal Palace said in a statement.
The cancellation of the visit, which was to be marked by the signing of several agreements in various fields, was decided “after Prime Minister Vorica Dancila’s remarks on Sunday, expressing the intention to move her country’s embassy to Jerusalem,” the release also said.
According to the Jordan National Press Agency Petra, King Abdullah’s visit had been planned to include meetings with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and parliament leaders. He was also supposed to participate in the Aqaba Meetings, which had been planned to be hosted by Romania in partnership with Jordan.
The Petra agency also reports that, on the sidelines of the visit, the Jordanian and Romanian governments had been due to sign an agreement, two memorandums of understanding, and a cooperation programme, while a Jordanian-Romanian Business Forum had been planned to be held, with the participation of private sector representatives from the two countries.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis had invited the King of Jordan to Romania at a meeting that took place last year on the margins of the UN General Assembly session. Back then, the two officials discussed the opportunities presented by Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, President Klaus Iohannis underscoring our country’s openness to act in this capacity to consolidate the relationship between the EU and Jordan.
“His Majesty King Abdullah II is cancelling the visit to Romania scheduled to start on Monday,” the Jordanian Foreign Ministry has informed.
According to the Jordanian press, King Abdullah was set to have bilateral meetings with President Klaus Iohannis and with Parliament officials.
The two countries were set to sign an agreement and two memorandums of understanding in various fields. Likewise, a business forum for the private sectors of the two countries was set to take place during the visit.
In September 2018, President Klaus Iohannis had a bilateral meeting with Abdullah II, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the margins of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Back then, the Romanian President reiterated his invitation for the Jordanian King to pay a visit to our country in 2019, and the Jordanian King accepted.
“The Romanian President and the King of Jordan have appreciated the excellent character of the bilateral relations at the political level, the meeting being a good opportunity to discuss the concrete ways to deepen bilateral relations, with an emphasis on the economic dimension, a desire expressed by both high-level officials. Thus, President Klaus Iohannis evoked the high potential for collaboration in this domain. In this sense, Bucharest hosting the second edition of the Romanian-Jordanian Economic Forum in 2019 was discussed. Likewise, the two heads of state appreciated the special cooperation that already exists in the healthcare and education domains, as well as their development potential. The King of Jordan expressed his appreciation for the Romanian community present in the kingdom and its contribution to the development of Jordanian society,” the Presidential Administration was pointing out at the time.
At the same time, the two high-level officials discussed the opportunities presented by Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019, President Klaus Iohannis underscoring our country’s openness to act in this capacity to consolidate the relationship between the EU and Jordan.
Presidential Administration: Visit cancelled by Jordanian side
The Presidential Administration said that the visit King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was slated to pay to Romania beginning this Monday was canceled by the Jordanian side.
“The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, was to welcome this afternoon His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Cotroceni Palace on the occasion of the latter’s official visit to Romania. The visit was canceled today by the Jordanian side,” the Presidential Administration said in a release this Monday.
President Iohannis: PM Dancila managed to blow up Romania’s relationship with Arab world as well
President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday that Prime Minister Viorica Dancila managed to blow up the relationship with the Arab world as well, showing that King Abdullah II of Jordan felt offended by Dancila’s statements and therefore cancelled a planned visit to Romania.
“Initially, I had a tight schedule. I had to leave here tonight to host a dinner for an important and dear guest: the King of Jordan had been scheduled to come, but because of the dilettantism of the prime minister who has spoiled our relationship with that region, that is no longer the case. The King of Jordan felt personally offended by the prime minister’s approach at that conference in America [AIPAC conference], and cancelled his visit. That is a real problem to Romania, as I think you may realise. Romania had built a relationship of trust with the Arab world, which was one of the few constants, at least until yesterday, of Romania’s foreign policy: whereas as a state Romania had a firm, correct attitude towards its partners, now the lady managed to blow this up as well. This is no joke, it is very, very sad. What for? For nothing,” Iohannis told a debate called “The future of Romanian towns under the local development European concept,” organised by the Association of Romanian Towns.