Jordan, Pakistan share common views on vital issues

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Ashraf Ansari

Islamabad—The embassy of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Islamabad hosted a reception to celebrate the 70th Independence Day. A large number of guests including Arab ambassadors and people belonging to various walks of life graced the function. Ambassador Nawaf Al Sarayrah of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and colleagues welcomed the guests warmly. The Federal Minister for Inter provincial Coordination, Mr. Riaz Hussain Pirzada was the chief guest who joined the ambassador and other prominent guests in cutting the ceremonial cake. Veteran Muslim League Leader Raja Zafar-ul-Haq also attended the reception.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Pakistan have been enjoying close and cordial relations over the years. The two countries cooperate with each other in several fields including defense and strategic matters. There are vast possibilities of increasing cooperation between the two countries in various areas. They can setup joint ventures to serve each other’s interest.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan emerged from the ashes of Ottoman Empire after the World War I. The Arab revolt was declared on 10 June 1916 by the Chief of Hejaz and Prince of Mecca, Sherif Hussein bin Ali, with the aim of securing independence and creating a unified Arab state. However this dream could not come true due to certain political forces prevailing at that time.
After gaining independence, Jordan set out on a journey of progress. It built solid foundation for economic growth and became in recent years a regional hub for investors and business owners. Investors have shown their confidence in the economy of Jordan by opening more than ten thousand companies and establishing more than fifty multinational undertaking.
Tourism is considered highly important for Jordanian economy; Jordan takes special pride in the diversity of its tourism which combines history, archaeology, religion, adventure and nature study. Jordan has gained repute in the field of health tourism and has been rated high by the World Bank in this respect. The Dead Sea lining Jordan is Earth’s lowest elevation on land being the deepest hyper saline lake in the world. Jordan is home to around 100,000 archeological and tourist sites. Some very well preserved historical sites include Petra which was named amongst the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007. Pakistan can learn a lot from Jordan to promote its tourism. The two countries can also learn from each other in the fields of agriculture and education.

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