A special address on Islamic heritage and promoting moderation will be a highlight of Jordanian King Abdullah II’s three-day visit beginning 27 February 2018. India considers Jordan an “oasis of stability and harmony” in conflict-ridden West Asia. During the King’s visit, both sides will aim to further boost ties in several key areas and look to finalise a framework for defence and security cooperation
The King, a 41st-generation direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad, is known for his global initiative to fight deradicalisation and terrorism and is also custodian of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, located in the Old City of Jerusalem. In their talks, Modi and the King are also likely to explore ways of deepening trade ties. Twenty textile industries from India have invested around USD 300 million in Jordan.
Modi, several senior dignitaries and representatives from leading Islamic institutions from across the country are expected to attend the special address by the Jordanian King at the Vigyan Bhavan on 01 March 2018. The influential leader’s India visit comes nearly three weeks after the prime minister visited Jordan as part of his recent trip to West Asia, including to Palestine. Modi’s visit to Jordan was the first bilateral trip by an Indian prime minister in three decades.