Visit expected to achieve further progress and growth, serving the two countries’ peoples
Muscat – King Abdullah II Ibn al Hussein of Jordan will visit Oman on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the Diwan of Royal Court.
The statement reads as follows: ‘Stemming from the well-established relations between the Sultanate of Oman and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, King Abdullah II Ibn al Hussein will begin an official two-day visit to the sultanate starting from Tuesday, October 4.
‘The visit comes within the framework of cooperation and coordination between the two leaderships to achieve further progress and growth that serve the two countries’ peoples and meet their aspirations.
‘During the visit, the two leaders will exchange views and discuss matters on enhancing joint Arab action, besides touching on regional and international developments.’
In a report, ONA stated that talks between the two leaders during King Abdullah II’s official visit to Muscat are of great importance as these will strengthen cooperation in various fields. ‘The visit will set a new milestone for bilateral cooperation and coordination on issues of common concern. The discussions are aimed to serve the interests of the two countries’ peoples.’
Since the beginning of diplomatic exchange in 1970s, the two countries’ stands have been identical in tackling regional and international issues. They endorsed dialogue as a successful means of ensuring international peace and security.
The two countries hold consultations in various fields through mutual visits, including a talks session held in Amman in July where they affirmed their resolve to strengthen bilateral cooperation, as well as ways to enhance joint Arab action and address challenges.
On the economic side, statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) indicate that the volume of trade exchange between Oman and Jordan increased 33.8 per cent in 2021 to RO61.85mn, compared to RO46.23mn in 2020.
Oman’s imports from Jordan amounted to RO35.40mn in 2021, compared to RO24.62mn in 2020, an increase of 43.8 per cent, while Oman’s total imports from Jordan during the first six months of 2022 was RO6.74mn.
The volume of Oman’s exports to Jordan in 2021 was RO26.44mn, compared to RO21.61mn in 2020, an increase of 22.4 per cent. Exports in the first six months of 2022 has reached RO15.58mn.
NCSI statistics show that the volume of Jordanian investments in Oman was RO230.4mn by the end of 2021.
H E Hilal bin Marhoon al Maamari, Ambassador of Oman to Jordan, said that the relationship between the two countries is developing and growing in all sectors, the most important of which is in the economic sector. “There are lots of investment opportunities in the two countries, which the private sector can work on, especially in the health, mining and tourism fields.”
Jordan is also popular with Omani students, which currently hosts around 3,500 students in various disciplines.
The two countries also established the Omani Studies Unit at Al Albayt University in Jordan in 1998, following a generous grant from the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Cultural cooperation between Oman and Jordan also features in the form of intellectual and literary forums between the two countries’ writers.