Japan-Jordan Summit Meeting
On September 23, commencing at 7 p.m. (September 24, 8 a.m. JST) for approximately 75 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly session, held a Summit meeting over dinner with His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (herein referred to as “Jordan”). The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Abe expressed his congratulations on 20 years of King Abdullah’s reign. The Prime Minister stated that Japan-Jordan relations have strengthened in a variety of areas, including diplomacy, defense and economy, and expressed his intention to further deepen the strategic partnership with Jordan.
- Prime Minister Abe appreciated Jordan’s efforts for supporting Syrian refugees and countering violent extremism, and expressed Japan’s intention to cooperate with Jordan in such areas. In addition, Prime Minister Abe welcomed the progress in bilateral security and defense cooperation, including the holding of the politico-military dialogue (Pol-Mil Dialogue). Prime Minister Abe expressed his expectations that Japan’s assistance through the Development Policy Loan signed during King Abdullah’s visit to Japan in 2018 will contribute to Jordan’s economic growth as well as self-reliant and sustainable fiscal reform.
- King Abdullah expressed his gratitude for Japan’s wide-ranging supports for Jordan. King Abdullah expressed his respect for Japan’s cooperation, stating that it covers issues not only for Jordan but also for broader region.
- Furthermore, the two leaders also exchanged broad-based views on the situation in the Middle East and other matters, and they shared the view that the two countries will pursue further cooperation for the peace and stability in the region and the international community.