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Japan PM tells Jordan king he aims for strategic partnership

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, is welcomed by King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Husseiniya palace in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, May 1, 2018.  ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe disembark their plane at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (A...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Ad...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Ad...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe upon his arrival at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Pho...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Ad...
The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plane seen arrives at Amman Airport in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, centre left, arrives with Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki, right, to meet with King Abdullah at the Royal Pala...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, arrives with Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki, right, to meet King Abdullah at the Royal Palace in Amman,...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, meets with King Abdullah II at the Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad ...
King Abdullah II of Jordan, right, and Crown Prince Hussein, left, receive Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Husseiniya palace in Amman, Jorda...
King Abdullah II of Jordan, centre, and Crown Prince Hussein, right, receive Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the Husseiniya palace in Amman, Jo...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, is welcomed by King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Husseiniya palace in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. ...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe disembark their plane at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (A...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Ad...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Ad...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe upon his arrival at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Pho...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive at Amman military airport, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Ad...

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plane seen arrives at Amman Airport in Amman, Jordan, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, centre left, arrives with Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki, right, to meet with King Abdullah at the Royal Pala...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, arrives with Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki, right, to meet King Abdullah at the Royal Palace in Amman,...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, meets with King Abdullah II at the Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad ...

King Abdullah II of Jordan, right, and Crown Prince Hussein, left, receive Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Husseiniya palace in Amman, Jorda...

King Abdullah II of Jordan, centre, and Crown Prince Hussein, right, receive Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the Husseiniya palace in Amman, Jo...

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Jordan's King Abdullah II that his country hopes to upgrade its ties with the kingdom into a strategic partnership.

Abe told the monarch on Tuesday that "Jordan's stability is indispensable for regional stability" and that Japan will provide as much aid as possible to ensure the country's economic and social stability. The Japanese prime minister was accompanied by a delegation of business leaders.

He said he hoped to "dramatically develop our bilateral ties."

Jordan, a key Western ally, has struggled with a sluggish economy, including rising unemployment, in the wake of regional conflicts, including in neighboring Syria and Iraq. The fighting next door has severely disrupted Jordan's trade.

Abdullah told Abe that he hopes to develop trade ties between the two countries.


Updated : 2021-04-20 19:05 GMT+08:00