Jordan’s King Abdullah on India visit

New Delhi: Jordanian King Abdullah II is on his India visit. Disregarding protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself welcomed King Abdullah II at the New Delhi airport. During his three day visit, King Abdullah will be discussing cooperation in areas of trade, defence and tourism with the Indian leaders. These visits in the recent past by the heads of state of Israel, Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are considered to have major political significance and a major success of the Indian foreign policy.

Jordan’s King Abdullah on India visitPrime Minister Modi had visited Jordan, Palestine, UAE and Oman two weeks ago. During his visit, he had extended an invitation to King Abdullah II to visit India. King Abdullah has visited India, in response to the invitation. King Abdullah had bilateral talks with the Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on his arrival in New Delhi on Wednesday. Raveesh Kumar, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson expressed confidence that the historical relations between India and Jordan will further strengthen with this visit by King Abdullah.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, President Ram Nath Kovind organised a state dinner in honour of King Abdullah. King Abdulla will have bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi on Thursday. Important co-operation treaties will be signed following the discussions. It is learned that there would be treaties in areas of defence and security, health and information technology. Meanwhile, against the background of King Abdullah’s visit, foreign policy experts have expressed satisfaction saying that the Indian policy regarding the Gulf countries is yielding positive outcomes.

The heads of states from the Gulf Countries have been visiting India since the last few weeks and these even include countries that are staunch opponents of each other. Countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel are making efforts to strengthen their ties with India and this newly underlines the increasing Indian Influence.