His Majesty King Abdullah II Monday welcomed Pakistan’s Chairman of Heavy Industries Taxila, Lt. General Muhammad Naeem Ashraf, and Chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories Board, Lt. General Sadiq Ali.
During the meeting, they reviewed means to foster military cooperation between Jordan and Pakistan, and prospects to exchange expertise in the field of developing military and defense industries, Petra news agency reported.
The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Advisor to His Majesty the King and Director of the King’s Office, and the Pakistani Ambassador in Amman.
King Abdullah also received at Al-Husseiniya Palace on Monday a delegation from the British Royal College for Defense Studies (RCDS), which comprises military officers from 12 countries participating in the college’s programs.
The meeting, attended by Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein, focused on the region’s current developments as the King stressed the necessity of intensifying efforts aimed at re-launching negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis based on the two-state solution that lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
On a related context, the King said the issue of Jerusalem must be resolved within the framework of the final solution to the Middle East conflict.
The meeting also went over the Syria crisis as the two sides stressed the necessity to support efforts aimed at reaching a political solution within the Geneva process and the importance of maintaining the de-escalation area in southwestern Syria, which was reached last year after the tripartite agreement between Jordan, the United States and Russia.
Discussions also reviewed burdens on Jordan as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis and the pressures it put on the Kingdom's economy and the service sectors, especially in the host communities.
Regional and international efforts in the war on terrorism as part of a holistic strategy also figured high on talks.
Advisor to His Majesty, the Director of His Majesty’s Office, and the British Ambassador to Jordan attended the meeting.