King Abdullah II visited India on a three day state visit and both nations used the visit to boost ties by signing four agreements to promote and protect investments, cooperate in agriculture, conduct exchange programs, and increase tourism. The two sides used the first visit by Abdullah and by a Jordanian monarch in 10 years to discuss several bilateral and global issues before concluding the four pacts.
Abdullah highlighted economic and technical synergies between the two nations and also vowed to support Indian bid to be a permanent member in the UN Security Council. The two sides discussed the West Asian peace process, peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestinian differences, and global terrorism. Jordan has a 4 million Indian community. Abdullah met with Muslim leaders and promised to continue scholarships for Muslim students to study in Jordan.
India agreed with Abdullah’s assessment that “a viable sovereign Palestine which will allow for comprehensive regional security” reiterated its commitment to an independent Palestinian state India. It also vowed to further economic and political ties with Jordan.
India-Jordan trade is currently valued at USD 494 million but Indian exports have registered 45% growth in the last 8 months. Addressing a Joint Meeting of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) he called for Indian industry investments in Jordan in a chain of special economic zones (SEZs). Specifically, Abdullah called for joint initiatives by India and Jordan to set up mutually beneficial ventures in Information Communication Technology (ICT), education, and power projects. He also sought transfer of Indian industrial expertise in pharmaceuticals and drugs, aviation, equipment making for automobile, and the engineering industry to Jordan. He pointed out that the US and Singapore has taken advantage of the SEZs.
During his discussion with Muslim leaders, Abdullah made it clear that he differed from the narrow interpretation of Islam by terrorists and instead focused on the Amman message of the Prophet Mohammed of brotherhood and tolerance.