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Pak keen to enhance political, economic ties with Jordan: PM Aziz

01 September, 2007

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said Pakistan greatly values its relationship with Jordan and desires to further augment the political and economic ties between the two countries.

The Prime Minister was talking to the new Ambassador of Jordan to Pakistan Dr. Saleh Al-Jawarneh, who called on him here at Prime Minister`s House on Saturday.

The Prime Minister said Jordan is our time-tested friend and both countries are bound by ties of shared faith, culture and traditions, providing tremendous scope to further strengthen these relations.

The Prime Minister said that the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and Jordan once finalized would give a further boost to the trade activities and thus benefit the people of both the countries.

He further said that the Islamic countries need to make collective efforts to overcome the challenges faced by them particularly in the economic field. He said some countries, which have huge surpluses, need to creatively use their resources to supplement growth and development in the Islamic World.

Emphasizing the need to promote interfaith harmony in the world, the Prime Minister said sustained efforts are required to bridge the growing divide between the people belonging to different faiths. Interfaith, intercivilization and intercultural harmony, he said, can be the best gifts we can bequeath to our future generations.

While commenting on the situation in the Middle East, the Prime Minister called upon the need for an early resolution of the Palestine issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Palestine and said sustainable peace in Middle East will not be possible without the resolution of this long standing issue. The Prime Minister also stressed the need for an early end to the violence in Iraq. 

Dr. Saleh Al-Jawarneh said Jordan attaches great value to its relations with Pakistan and desires to further augment the trade and economic ties between the two countries. He conveyed the best wishes of King Abdullah and Prime Minister of Jordan, which the Prime Minister warmly reciprocated.

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Reader Comments:

Jordan's independence is fragile

The President and Prime Minister relish to speak even without much knowledge and, therefore, without a positive outcome. It seems paranoia. We don't find the Indian counterparts indulging with such frequency. There is another glitch. The duo depends on speeches written for them and since they lack originality in speaking, they don’t listen to realities. The President was on a TV channel recently holding a piece of paper and reading out the prices of pulses and comparing prices with India. Some of his utterances are even lies and he looks like a bizarre. The Prime Minister speaks "unt shunt" sometimes and one wonders if he had any time to do the business of the state. Both are greedy for exposure to the audience, the President more so. Now let us take the question of Jordan. Pakistan has strategic ties with Jordan. Zia ul Haq remained there with armed forces for a time. None bothered to find out the real story and the history of Israel - Israel, according to a real and religious faction contends that it should not have beem created during exile. This is quite true. In light of this sensational information the entire geopolitics is based on a myth. Our Foreign Office is steeped in mediocrity and and comprise third grade staff. The Ulema do not think and act beyond cursing Israel. The Press and the media lack think tanks and seldom cover their own staff's reporting on international issues. The entire struggle and sacrifices of Palestinians have proved in vain and utter ignorance. The Jewish rabbis predict the artificial state of Israel balloon to burst at any time God might choose for it. Inna lillahae wa inna ilaihay raagioun.

Sher Mohammad, Pakistan - 02 September, 2007

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