Jordan: The Prime Minister of Jordan, Dr Bashar Al-Khasaouna, received the delegation of the United States (US) congress members from the Republican Party in the prime minister’s office on Monday, April 03, 2023.
The updates have stated that Prime Minister Bashar Al-Khasaouna emphasized the strategic relations that bind Jordan and the United States of America and the support that the United States offers to Jordan, which contributes to and plays a vital role in implementing many development and service projects.
In addition, Prime Minister al Khasaouna referred to the fourth memorandum of understanding on the strategic partnership signed between the two countries last year, under which the United States will assist with $1.45 billion annually, starting in the financial year 2023 through 2029 and its role in advancing the Kingdom’s economic development.
During his meeting with the delegation, PM Bashar Al Khasaouna also praised Nasser Al-Sherida, the Deputy PM for Economic Affairs who also serves as the Minister of State for Public Sector Modernization, Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammed Al-Najjar, Minister of Investment, Khiloud Al-Saqaf, and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Zina Touqan for the role that the positive American Congress is taking in supporting Jordan and supporting its development efforts.
During the meeting, he also reviewed the comprehensive renewal project carried out by Jordan under the leadership of King Abdullah II in the political, economic and administrative spheres.
On the political side, legislation related to the political renewal system, including the party law, election law, and related constitutional amendments, supports political and party work in the Kingdom and empowers and promotes women and youth—their role in the decision-making process.
Furthermore, the meeting also reviewed key features of the Executive Programme of the Economic long-term planning of 2023-2025 and the importance of the public sector update map as a lever for comprehensive updates and activating the role of the public sector to make it possible for the private sector, said the Prime Minister.
He confirmed that, despite the challenges, in the three years imposed since the coronavirus pandemic and the Ukraine-Russian crisis, the overall economy had achieved good indicators with the testimony of many international-ranking institutions.
In his remarks, he further stressed that the monetary policy used by the Central Bank of Jordan had contributed positively to maintaining the stability of the Jordanian dinar exchange rate and acceptable levels of inflation, leading to an unprecedented number of hard currency reserves at the Central Bank, which reached around $17 billion.
He also pointed to the cooperation initiatives that Jordan is keen to implement with several countries in the region, Lafta the Quartet Industrial Partnership Initiative between Jordan, Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, and the triple cooperation mechanism between Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
He turned to Jordan’s quest to be a regional energy hub, noting that about 30 per cent of the energy Jordan currently uses is from solar and wind energy.
“Jordan is still suffering and dealing from the repercussions of the Syrian refugee crisis on the Kingdom, in the light of the insufficient support of the international community to bear the burdens, the cost of hosting them and providing basic services to them,” added the PM Al Khasaouna.
Meanwhile, the latest updates were presented related to the developments in the regional situation at the forefront of the Palestinian issue, emphasizing that the Palestinian issue is the number one central issue in the Middle East region, and international efforts must be strengthened to reach a just and lasting peace.
In this regard, PM Al-Khasaouna pointed to the efforts of Jordan, led by King Abdullah II, to enhance security, stability and calm efforts in the occupied Palestinian territories, confirming Jordan’s decisive rejection of provocative actions by a member of the Israeli government, using a map of Israel including the borders of the Kingdom of Jordan, and the occupied Palestinian territorials, and also refusing violations Repeated, provocative actions taken by the Occupation Forces in the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Holy Mosque.
In the end, for their part, the delegation stressed the strategic partnership ties the United States with Jordan. They praised Jordan’s position in dealing with challenges facing the region along with expressed their admiration for the reform system that Jordan adopts in all spheres.