On the sidelines of the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX 2018), which opened Tuesday under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II at the King Abdullah I Air Base in Marka, Jordanian Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Hani Mulki separately met with United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammad Bawardi, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos and Nigerian Defense Minister Mansour Mohammad.
The meetings tackled relations between Jordan and these countries and means of enhancing cooperation in all fields in addition to the fight against terrorism, official news agency Petra reported.
During the meeting with the UAE Minister (photo), Mulki stressed the historic brotherly relations between Jordan and the UAE, which are of interest to the two countries’ leaders, stressing the common history and destiny between the two countries and peoples.
He said that Jordan is at the forefront of the countries that played an effective role in the war on terrorism within a holistic approach, militarily, security and ideologically, stressing the importance of enhancing the system of education and a community culture rejecting terrorism and extremist ideology.
The Prime Minister said at the meeting with the Indonesian minister that terrorism is “stealing the present and future of countries and their peoples”, adding that the money spent on armament and the fight against terrorism can be spent on services provided to the people without the scourge of terrorism.
The Indonesian Minister said he was satisfied to take part in the SOFEX, where a key memorandum of understanding was signed between the Indonesian Ministry of Defense and the King Abdullah Design and Development Bureau to benefit from its advanced expertise in the defense field.
Separately, Mulki told the Greek Defense Minister that Jordan attached great importance to boosting relations with Greece, both bilaterally and through Athens’ membership in the European Union.
He also said the war on terrorism is a matter for the whole world because there is no country immune from its evils.
In his meeting with the Nigerian Minister, Mulki said that Jordan is keen to cement all forms of cooperation with Nigeria, noting that several Jordanian delegations of experts, businessmen and from the private sector had recently visited the African country to discuss areas of joint cooperation, especially in the economic fields.