Japan-Jordan Relations

Japan-Jordan Summit Meeting

July 14, 2017
Japanese

On July 14, commencing at 6:25 p.m. for approximately 50 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Hani Al-Mulki, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who is making a working visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Following the summit meeting, Prime Minister Abe hosted a dinner.

1 Opening Remarks

Prime Minister Abe welcomed Prime Minister Al-Mulki's visit, expressed his respect for Jordan's generous acceptance of Syrian refugees and its all-out effort to counterterrorism and violent extremism, and explained that he hopes to further develop the extremely good relationship of friendship and cooperation between Japan and Jordan.

Prime Minister Al-Mulki stated that he felt honored by this invitation to visit Japan, and hoped to use this visit to follow up last year's visit to Japan by His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and strengthen Jordan's partnership with Japan in all fields.

2 Bilateral relations

(1) Prime Minister Abe conveyed his understanding for the difficult circumstances Jordan is facing as a result of issues such as the long-running Syrian crisis and the refugee problem, along with explaining that Japan will continue to provide all possible assistance in order to ensure Jordan's social and economic stability and its development, and to that end, Japan will newly implement approximately 1.4 billion Japanese yen of cooperation toward upgrading the water networks in Balqa Governorate.

(2) Prime Minister Al-Mulki conveyed deep gratitude for Japan's support for Jordan. Prime Minister Al-Mulki explained the refugee problem and the economic burden that it is placing on Jordan, and the enormous efforts being made to overcome it, such as the economic reforms Jordan is undertaking.   

(3) The two leaders also welcomed the start of official negotiations on a bilateral investment agreement between Japan and Jordan.

(4) Furthermore, the two leaders shared the view that the two countries will also cooperate in such areas as counterterrorism, with regard to a memorandum on defense cooperation and exchange that was signed in October last year. 

3 Regional affairs

In addition, the two leaders exchanged views on North Korea and the situation in the Middle East. In this context, Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan intends to continue to contribute to regional peace and stability while cooperating with Jordan through the "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" initiative. Prime Minister Al-Mulki appreciated Japan's efforts, and stated that Jordan will continue to cooperate with Japan.